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India Launches Rocket Carrying Two British Earth-Imaging Satellites

India’s space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is under preparation to launch a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that would carry two British satellites. The PSLV-C42 will be launched on Sunday (September 16) night. It will carry two earth observation satellites of Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), NovaSAR and S1-4, weighing 450kg each. India is seeking a larger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry as Isro seeks to project it as a global low-cost provider of services in spaceLive

Among the slew of launches scheduled over the next few months, the much-awaited and delayed, India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 finally has a launch window.

“Chandrayaan-2 is planned for a window from January 3 to February 16, 2019 that we are targeting. It can happen anytime during that window. But we are aiming for the beginning of the window, January 3,” Mr. Sivan said.

“Right now with the status of the rocket, the GSLV Mk-3 M1, and the present status of the satellite, we are not expecting any more delay. At the same time tests are going on. If unexpected things happen, that may have some impact. But right now, we are not anticipating any delay.”

The other launches include the GSAT series that will provide bandwidth speeds of up to 100 Gbps per second, as part of the government’s Digital India efforts, he said.

The Cartosat and Risat satellites will also be launched within the next six months, Mr. Sivan said.