ISRO to launch 5 UK satellites

ISRO to launch 5 UK satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation or ISRO has said that it is planning to launch 5 satellites for the UK for a profitable mission.

The satellites will weigh 447-kg each with a total payload of 1,440-kgand will be the heaviest ever by the organisation for a profitable mission. ISRO said in a press release that it will launch satellites on July 10, 2015 for the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of the UK. It will put three heavy DMC satellites and one micro satellite and another nano satellite into orbit in the launch.

Indian space engineers have said that it will be the thirtieth flight of the PSLV or Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and will be the largest space mission by India'sspace agency. The PSLV-C28 will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center by next week from Sriharikota. Sriharikota is the country's major spaceport and all major launches including Chandrayaan-I and Mangalyaan have taken place from here.The project is a result of an agreement between ISRO's commercial arm Antrix with the British SSTL.

The rocket will also carry two auxiliary satellites from UK - CBNT-1, which is a technology demonstrator earth observation micro satellite built by SSTL as well as De-OrbitSail that is ainstructor nano satellite built by Surrey Space Centre.

"This is the heaviest payload for a commercial launch. A successful PSLV-C28 start would give a big boost to Isro's commercial launch capabilities," said Isro spokesman DeviprasadKarnik.


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