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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
COUNTDOWN FOR LAUNCH OF PSLV-C18 BEGINS
January 19, 2016
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1.The 50-hour countdown commenced at 09:00 hours in the morning and the propellant-filling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle being carried out now.

2.SRO has built Megha-Tropiques, an advanced tropical climate monitoring satellite at a cost of Rs 80 crore.

3.PSLV-C18 will inject Megha-Tropiques satellite into an orbit of 867 km altitude at an inclination of 20 deg with respect to the equator. In this mission, PSLV will also inject SRMSat from SRM University, Chennai, Jugnu from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Vesselsat-1 from Luxembourg into orbit.