20 July 2010

A visit to Sriharikota

12th Jul, 2010: India's space program received yet another boost, after the successful placing of remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2B and 4 other satellites by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at 9:22am on last Monday.
The PSLV-C15 launch, which came after a 51-hour countdown at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota was described as 'perfect'. The launch vehicle placed the satellites, one of them a satellite built by 7 engineering students from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, into orbit.

A young member of ABAA Amogh had the privilege to visit SDSC and witness the launch. Here is his personal account.

My visit to Satish Dhawan Space Center(SDSC), SHAR
12th July, 5 am
Srikalahasti

I woke up with a start, dad was telling me to wake up. Today, was a big day for me. I was going to SDSC to see the launch of PSLV-C15.
My mom knew a scientist in ISRO who worked in the liquid propulsion systems department. He told my mom that there was a rocket launch on 12th July, so my mom asked him to give us permission to witness it as I liked astronomy and astrophysics a lot. So four of us were going in our vehicle to witness the launching. We stayed in Srikalahasti which is around 64 kilometres from SDSC. It would take us 1 hour to reach Satish Dawan Space Center. So we started at around 5:50 am from the hotel and reached SDSC by around 7:15 am.

There were lots of foreigners mainly Algerians, French and Canadians.This was because apart from Cartosat-2B and Studsat from India there were 3 other satellites on board. Alsat-2A form Algeria but built by the French, two Canadian nano satellites NLS 6.1 and 6.2 were going to be launched along with the Indian satellites.

6km from the launching site is an auditorium named M.R Kurup Auditorium. Visitors have to see the launch from there. It was a really big auditorium fully air conditioned with two big T.V's. But this was not the real excitement I wanted to see it in real. By around 10 minutes before the launch almost all of them who were inside the auditorium went up to the terrace to witness it in real. Then was the count doun 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and at 9:22 am we could hear the loud noise, see a small pencil like thing with a long tail of fire after around 10 to 15 seconds. When the rocket was out of sight we came back inside and saw the tracking of the rocket. It had a small deviation in its path but that was okay.They tracked for around 20 minutes and when all satellites were into orbit, mission succesful!
-Amogh

6 comments:

  1. what is procedure for getting permission to visit sdsc shar sriharikota, can you please tell me? i am 15 years old!

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  2. iam a finalyrbtech student.iam want to undergo implant training in liquid propulsion systems department.my dream company is yours.past 1 year iam trying for this but coudnt get a result.so plzs say me wat r the formalities to undergo implant training.thank u

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  3. Im an be ece student i like to do an inplant training in srihari kota...so plz say the formalities required for this....wiating for your reply....thankyou...

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  4. sir what is procedure for watching srihari kota for b-tech students of 120 students
    please reply soon

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  5. Hello sir ....iam studying 2nd m.s.c statistics me, my classmates and my college lectures wants to visit sri harikota.so how can i get the permission to visit?please reply me soon.............................

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  6. Narendra Kumar sir I studied be cse in licet my classmates and staff are want to industrial visit in sriharikota where I can get permission pls reply u hv any contact or mail I'd

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