ISRO Will Soon Launch a US Satellite for the First Time

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a US satellite for the first time, using its cost effective polar satellite launch vehicle.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a US satellite for the first time, using its cost effective polar satellite launch vehicle.

The United Sates will soon be taking India’s help in launching one of its satellites. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which has already launched satellites for 19 countries, will now add US to its list.

This is the first time when the US will use an Indian vehicle to send one of its satellites in space. ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), which is a cost effective technology, will be used in the process.

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Up till now, ISRO has launched 45 satellites for 19 countries, and 28 more foreign satellites are scheduled to be launched in the next two years. “US will be the 20th country to sign up for a commercial launch by India,” said ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar.

Earlier in July, the space agency’s PSLV-C28, had placed five satellites from the UK into space. The vehicle has proved its reliability and cost effective functionality over the years. Between 1994 and 2015, the PSLV has launched 77 satellites through 29 flights.

In other developments, ISRO is working for the launch of GSLV-Mark-II, which is scheduled for somewhere around 27th August. The GSLV-Mark-II will carry a communication satellite, and by March 2016, ISRO will launch 7 satellites.

After the successful Mars mission, ISRO is also planning a mission to Venus. They are also working on their next generation vehicle, GSLV-Mark-III, which will carry satellites up to 4 tonnes in weight, to be launched by December 2016.

Congratulations ISRO, for the 20th nation on your list.

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