INDIA READY FOR THE NEXT STEP: MARS ORBITER LAUNCHES THIS WEEK.
Photo Credit: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO): CLICK photo for full size. All info and links can be found below.
At 0908 UTC (0408 EST) on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Second Pad, Srihharikota, India; An Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Vehicle, dubbed “Mangalyaan” (Which means “Mars-Craft” in Hindi)as part of the PSLV-C25 Mission. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will be flying in its four-stage, PSLV-XL configuration.
The mission was originally planning to use the GSLV rocket but delays in its development lead designers to settle for the less powerful PSLV rocket. That being said, the orbiter cannot make it to Mars without help. That help comes in the form orbiting earth many times to slowly build interplanetary velocity. Once on a Martian trajectory, it will reach Mars in September of 2014.
This will be a big step for India and its space program as this will be their first attempt at the Red Planet. The satellite was modeled after the Chandrayaan 1 Lunar Orbiter.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO): http://www.isro.org/.
The Planetary Society page on this mission (Great Info): http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/10311230-india-prepares-to-take-flight-faq.html
PSLV Rocket Family: http://www.spaceflight101.com/pslv-launch-vehicle-information.html
Gunter’s Space Page data for this mission: http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/mars-orbiter-mission.htm