A possible site for the new Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launch pad, ‘Third Launch Pad’ has been identified in Sriharikota,MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha today.
The new launch pad is being build to increase launch frequency, take care of launching requirements of future advanced launch vehicles and also serve as a redundant launch pad for the GSLV MIII class of vehicles, he added.
The minister said that the site has been selected taking into account the safety distances and maximal utilization of existing launch pad facilities.
However, further work on the design of the launch pad will be taken up after finalizing the configuration of the advanced launch vehicle, of GSLV MIII.
Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off successfully with two British satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, from the rocket port here on Sunday night.
The PSLV-CA (Core Alone) version, standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 230.4 tonnes, with thick orange flame at its tail lighting up the night skies rose up at 10.08 p.m. from the first launch pad.
The rocketport here has two launch pads.
According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), after 17 minutes, 44 seconds following the PSLV lift-off, the two earth observation satellites will be launched into a 583 km sun synchronous orbit.
NovaSAR weighing 445 kg is a S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring.
S1-4 weighing 444 kg is a high resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for disaster monitoring.