The Indian space agency said the countdown for the December 17 evening launch of communication satellite CMS-01 (formerly GSAT-12R) began at 2.41 p.m on Wednesday and the fuel for the rocket PSLV-C50 has been filled.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket’s XL variant numbered as PSLV-C50.
During the countdown, the rocket and satellite systems will be checked while the liquid fuel for the rocket will also be filled.
According to ISRO, the PSLV-C50 rocket carrying CMS-01 is tentatively scheduled to blast off at 3.41 p.m. on December 17 from the second launch pad at the rocket port in Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh.
The launch is subject to weather conditions, the ISRO had earlier said.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV’s 52nd mission is scheduled for lift-off at 15:41 hours today from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota ‘subject to weather conditions’, ISRO said.
“PSLV-CMS-01 Mission: Countdown for the launch of PSLV-C50/CMS01 mission commenced on Wednesday at 1441hrs from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR Sriharikota,” ISRO said.