Looks like the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is on a roll!
The space organisation has announced to launch Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger Nano satellites this Friday.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV-C38 will be on its 40th flight.
It is expected to launch the 712 kg observation satellite and the others into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
Weighing altogether about 243 kg, the co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries namely, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and United States of America and one Nano satellite from India.
Combining all the satellites, the total weight carried on-board by the PSLV rocket would be about 955 kg.
According to ISRO, all the 29 international customer Nano satellites are part of commercial engagements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), which is a Government of India owned company falling under the administrative control of Department of Space (DOS) and the commercial arm of ISRO.
The PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission is scheduled to launch on Friday morning from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The PSLV rocket will be employing XL configuration (a variant that implements solid strap-on motors).
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