February 25th 2013 - 12:55 UTC
Launch of the video is now available at the bottom of this page.
February 25th 2013 - 12:57 UTC
T+21 Minutes: Saral and the 6 commercial payloads have successfully separated from the vehicle into orbit!
February 25th 2013 - 12:50 UTC
T+17 Minutes: The fourth stage has shut down on time.
February 25th 2013 - 12:40 UTC
T+8 Minutes: The final liquid propelled fourth stage is now burning and will continue for nearly 10 minutes.
February 25th 2013 - 12:37 UTC
T+5 Minutes: The solid propellent third stage is now burning.
February 25th 2013 - 12:34 UTC
T+3 Minutes: The heat shield has now separated from the vehicle.
February 25th 2013 - 12:33 UTC
T+2 Minutes: The second stage is now burning after the first stage shutdown and separated.
February 25th 2013 - 12:31 UTC
T-0: LIFTOFF of an Indian PSLV carrying Saral and six commercial secondary payloads.
February 25th 2013 - 12:30 UTC
T-50 Seconds and counting.
February 25th 2013 - 12:21 UTC
T-10 minutes and counting for this afternoons launch of an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket.
February 25th 2013 - 09:50 UTC
Propellent filling has been completed at the Satish Dhawan Space Center. The first and third stages use a solid propellent and were loaded during rocket buildup. The second stage uses Dinitrogen Tetroxide (N2O4) and Unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) and propellent filling was completed earlier. The fourth stage uses Monomethylhydrazine (MMH) and Mixed oxides of nitrogen (MON), it was filled on February 23rd.
February 24th 2013 - 16:30 UTC
The Mobile Service Tower was rolled back revealing the Indian PSLV rocket ahead of tomorrows launch.
February 20th 2013 - 09:00 UTC
An Indian PSLV rocket will launch the Saral payload into orbit on its 23rd flight from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on February 25th 2013 at 12:26 UTC. The rocket also carries six commercial secondary payloads.
The 409kg Saral is a joint ISRO (Indian) and CNES (France) satellite to study the oceans of Earth.
Two of the secondary payloads are from Canada, the 148kg 'SAPPHIRE' and the 74kg 'NEOSSat'. Austria is launching two satellites at 14kg each called 'NLS 8.1' and 'NLS 8.2'. Denmark is also launching 'NLS 8.3' weighing 3kg. The 6th secondary payload is a UK satellite called 'STRaND-1' and weighs 6.5kg.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch in the Core Alone variant which has no solid rocket motors, stands 44.4m tall at a diameter of 2.8m and has a liftoff mass of 229.7 tonns. This is the 9th flight of this configuration and 23rd flight overall of the Indian PSLV.
The flight will last from liftoff to final spacecraft separation 22 minutes.