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Old May 5th, 2005, 02:34 PM   #1
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India's Space Sector

Let me launch this thread with a wonderful image of the Satish Dhawan Space Center, taken by the IKONOS satellite. This image shows both the Mobile Service Tower (First Launch pad) used for launches till now (see the left top corner of the image) as well as the newly inaugurated Second Launch Pad (with its separate Vehicle Assembly building 1km away). The Vehicle Assembly Building of the second launch pad is near the right bottom corner of the image.
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Two images of the Second Launch pad before the PSLV-C6 launch today.






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Old May 5th, 2005, 02:39 PM   #4
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Sridhar thats a awesome pic


todays space news :

India launches two new satellites

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4515529.stm
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Incidentally, I read a news report yesterday that said that the Vehicle Assembly Building of the Second Launch Pad is also the tallest building on the East Coast of India. So it is directly relevant to Skyscraperscity forum as well (besides being relevant to the 'Infrastructure' forum for obvious reasons)
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Old May 5th, 2005, 07:21 PM   #6
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Sridhar that picture is amazing!!! I had seen a similar picture of the Tajmahal too.

Do they have pics of all our cities as well and are they publicly available [for a price].

After seeing that pic I am wondering what are the airlines doing trying to enforce aerial photography ban (read Divinesoul's account)?
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awesome pictures..and very rare pictures too
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Old May 5th, 2005, 07:51 PM   #8
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Sridhar, thats a tremendous resolution.
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After seeing that pic I am wondering what are the airlines doing trying to enforce aerial photography ban (read Divinesoul's account)?
Sounds intresting, could someone please provide a link? this forum doesnt seem to have a search function.
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Sridhar, thats a tremendous resolution.

Sounds intresting, could someone please provide a link? this forum doesnt seem to have a search function.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=208959
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Always a step ahead Sridhar!

I was thinking about an Indian Space thread too.

Just got back from school. Been looking forward to reading about the C6 launch all day long today.

Go ISRO!
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From the Tabloid of India.....

Cartosat 1: India's eye in the sky









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High Res picture of PSLV-C6 blasting off. A must see.

http://www.isro.org/Cartosat/images/pslvc6.jpg
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BTW where's the administrative campus in this megapicture? Is the control centre underground?

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Two images of the Second Launch pad before the PSLV-C6 launch today.







People look closely! Does this launch tower have window panes at different observation levels? Or is it just optical illusion?

BTW, will a new launch pad be constructed once India sendsoff GSLV rockets?

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GSLV has been launched before - it is not in the future. The first launch pad and its Mobile Service Tower (MST) can handle both PSLV and GSLV.

The second launch pad and its Vehicle Assembly Building are both designed to handle not just PSLV and GSLV but even future launchers, including the MK3 planned for 2008. From the pictures of the Umbilical Tower, it is clear that it has the capability to handle launchers that are much taller. than the PSLV (which is only a little bit shorter than the GSLV).The GSLV-MK3 will be even shorter than the GSLV, though it will be substantially more powerful. Maybe ISRO envisages some future launcher that might be taller and is providing for it.

The main advantage of the second launch pad is its universal nature. Both within the Vehicle Assembly Building and the Umbilical tower, the levels of floors and gantries can be changed to whatever is desired. The gantries move up and down the tower and there are three such gantries provided
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BTW where's the administrative campus in this megapicture? Is the control centre underground?
The control center is above ground but a safe distance away from both the launch pads. It is therefore not in the picture, which is essentially of the launch complex. There are some buildings visible in the picture, but they are completely evacuated during every launch for safety reasons.
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What is the purpose of the 4 radio towers surrounding the launch pad? I see them on russian launch pads too...

I wish they build another launch pad like the Baikonur one in russia where the supports fall off during launch. It is so cool to look at.
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Old May 6th, 2005, 01:28 PM   #19
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They are not 'radio' towers; they are lightning protection towers. If you look closely, you will see a set of cables connecting the four towers and forming a square. This protects the vehicle from any lightning activity that may happen while it is on the pad.
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Thanks for the explanation, sridhar!
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