Launch of PSLV C-22 delayed by a fortnight due to technical hitch
Bangalore, June 1, 2013
The launch of India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C22), which will put the country's first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A into orbit, has been delayed by a fortnight.
The launch was scheduled on June 12 at 0101 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, near Chennai.
A press release from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said the IRNSS-1A satellite had gone through all electrical checks and is ready for propellent filling.
"The PSLV-C22 vehicle was fully integrated and was undergoing electrical checks," it said.
"During the electrical checks of the launch vehicle, an anamoly was observed in one of the electro-hydraulic control actuators in the second stage. It has been decided to replace this actuator.
"The replacement of the control actuator needs two weeks of activity at the
Launch Pad and the Vehicle Assembly Area. Accordingly, the launch of
PSLV-C22/IRNSS-1A is delayed by a fortnight with respect to the original
sheduled date of June 12, 2013," the release added.