Location of Launch Pads

  • Near equator, maximum rotational velocity at equator and least attractive force at equator.
  • Advantage of the West-East spin of the earth.
  • Thumba Equitorial Rocket Launching Station.
  • In 1963 with Soviet help.
  • In 1968 dedicated as UN facility.
  • Thumba located on magnetic Equator.
  • For upper atmospheric studies.