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ISRO to launch rocket ahead of cyclone landfall
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ISRO to launch rocket ahead of cyclone landfall

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its heaviest rocket from its Sriharikota launching station at 5.p.m. on Wednesday as latest weather reports say that Cyclone Gaja in the Bay of Bengal has veered south-west of Chennai and it is now expected to cross the coast between and Pamban on Thursday morning.

The countdown for the launch of GSLV-Marck II second developmental flight began at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and ISRO chairman K Sivan told reporters in Tirupati on Tuesday that he hoped the weather would be conducive for the launch.

The rocket will be declared operational declared operational after this mission and it will lbe used for moon mission Chandrayaan2.

“”It is a significant launch for us as the same vehicle will be used for the Chandrayaan 2 mission,” Sivan said.

The Geo-Stationary LaunchVehicle(GSLV) will launch GSAT29, a communication satellite which will improve connectivity with remote areas and  increase internet speed.

“Our plan is to launch the satellite before the cyclone makes the landfall and so there will be no issues”, Sivan said.