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Offline William Graham

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SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« on: 07/08/2013 05:40 PM »
I've always assumed that SLV and ASLV used the same launch pad, but when I tried to look up the old pad on Google Maps I noticed what looks like a hangar on rails a couple hundred metres south.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=13.665441,80.227087&spn=0.003002,0.005284

I can't find many images of the SLV which show the launch pad, but the few that I have seen suggest that the pad was similar to Vandenberg's SLC-5, with the rocket integrated horizontally and the tower used to raise the rocket to vertical, support it, and then launch it. So I'm now wondering whether the hangar is in fact the old SLV pad (presumably being rolled away before the rocket is erected), with the pad slightly further north being built later, specifically for ASLV.

Does anyone know if this is correct, or anything more about these complexes?

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Re: SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« Reply #1 on: 07/09/2013 03:24 AM »
The last time I saw the ASLV pad, it was covered in thick bushes..abandoned years ago... :)

SLV-3 as you mentioned, was assembled horizontally and moved to the launch pad. But, as per my knowledge, SLV-3 used a different structure for the launch.

I expect all these to be cleared in the next few months as they are planning the third launch pad at Sriharikota


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Re: SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« Reply #2 on: 07/09/2013 12:12 PM »
I thought the SLV/ASLV launch pad was converted into the First launch Pad?

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Re: SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« Reply #3 on: 07/09/2013 12:22 PM »
I thought the SLV/ASLV launch pad was converted into the First launch Pad?

FLP is confusingly named - it's caught me out in the past - assuming SLV and ASLV used separate pads then it is at least the fourth pad (there's a sounding rocket complex somewhere at SHAR, but I can't find it on a map).

ASLV was still flying while FLP was being built - indeed, the last ASLV launch didn't occur until after the first PSLV.
« Last Edit: 07/09/2013 12:23 PM by William Graham »

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Re: SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« Reply #4 on: 08/22/2013 02:47 AM »
Yes, there are/were 4 different pads  and 1 sounding rocket complex

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Re: SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« Reply #5 on: 08/22/2013 08:34 AM »
According to the "Space Technology" book by Kenneth Gatland, what you show is the "Liquid booster satellite launch complex". The SLV-3 pad is more south than that. The remains of the pad might be at +13 38' 52.44", +80 13' 30.82".
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Re: SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« Reply #6 on: 08/26/2013 02:38 AM »
Nasadiya Sukta:
Srishti se pehle sat nahin thaa, asat bhi nahin | Antariksh bhi nahin, aakaash bhi nahin thaa | chhipaa thaa kyaa, kahaan, kisne dhakaa thaa | us pal to agam, atal jal bhi kahaan thaa ||

From: 1st verse of 129th Hymn of the 10th Book of Rig Veda

« Last Edit: 11/09/2013 03:51 AM by Jayadevp13 »

Re: SLV/ASLV launch pad(s?)
« Reply #8 on: 11/09/2013 03:57 AM »
Yes, there are/were 4 different pads  and 1 sounding rocket complex

But how can you say so? Do you have some sort of reference to justify it? If yes then do reply.

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