ISRO’s biggest commercial launch to put 5 UK satellites in orbit on July 10’2015

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PSLV will lift off on its 30th flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 10 with the heaviest ever payload.

 India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off on its 30th flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota,CHENNAI on July 10 with the heaviest ever payload (1,440kg) ever for a commercial launch.

  • PSLV-C28 will launch the UK’s three identical optical earth observation satellites (DMC3) built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).
  • It will also carry a micro and a nano satellite, both for the UK.

“India has established itself as an efficient commercial launch pad for foreign satellites. This is the heaviest payload for a commercial launch. A successful PSLV-C28 launch would give a big boost to Isro’s commercial launch capabilities,” said Isro spokesman Deviprasad Karnik.

  • Isro’s previous ‘heavy’ commercial payload was SPOT-7, a French satellite weighing 712kg that a PSLV put in orbit on June 30, 2014.

“With the overall lift-off mass of the five satellites, this mission becomes the heaviest commercial mission ever undertaken by Antrix/Isro,” the organization said.

  • Launched into a single Low-Earth Orbit plane and phased with a separation of 120° between them, the DMC3 satellites can image any target on the Earth’s surface every day.
  • Major application areas include surveying the resources on earth and its environment, managing urban infrastructure and monitoring of disasters.

Source:ToI

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