Indigenous Ship-Bound Terminal Successfully Tracks PSLV-C38 Trajectory: ISRO

Chennai: A ship hired from the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has successfully tracked the trajectory of the PSLV-C38 launch vehicle and the quality of the data acquired was as per the predictions.

In a release posed in its website, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the NIOT Ship ‘Sagar Manjusha’ was stationed at a specified observation point in Bay of Bengal and it has successfully tracked PSLV-C38 launch vehicle from predicted Acquisition Of Signal (AOS) time (T+60sec) to Loss of Signal (LOS) time (T+596sec) in auto track mode.

“The quality of the data acquired was as per the prediction,” it said. It may be recalled that PSLV-C38 took off from the First Launch Pad from the spaceport of Sriharikota and successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites on June 23, marking its 39th consecutively successful mission of PSLV.

The release said ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Bengaluru was entrusted with the major responsibility to provide tracking support for all the satellite and launch vehicle missions of ISRO.

ISTRAC has also been mandated to provide space operations support for Deep Space Missions of ISRO.

For supporting Deep Space Missions, a large number of ground stations were required to provide Telemetry Tracking and Command (TTC) support during the launch and initial phase.

Based on the launch vehicle trajectory and visibility requirement, many a time, the TTC stations were to be located in mid sea, wherein, conventional Ground Station Antenna would not be suitable.