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.