ISRO schedules December launch for PSLV with Cartosat-2 series satellite on board, along with 15 to 20 nanosatellites

The total number of customer satellites from abroad placed in orbit by PSLV so far is 209, according to ISRO.

The Indian Space Research Organisation plans to launch a satellite on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in December, the first since its unsuccessful mission to orbit a navigation spacecraft nearly one-and-a-half months ago. The ISRO is getting ready for the Cartosat-2 series satellite mission in mid-December from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre or Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR), an official of the space agency told PTI.

The Cartosat 2c. Image: ISRO

The Cartosat 2c. Image: ISRO

This would be the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series. In February this year, PSLV-C37 launched the first Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites in a single flight. In June, India's workhorse launch vehicle launched the second one along with 30 co-passenger satellites -- the 39th consecutively successful mission of PSLV. But a PSLV-C39 flight carrying IRNSS-1H navigation satellite on 31 August was unsuccessful, in what is seen as a setback to ISRO.

"We plan to launch Cartosat-2 series satellite 3 mission, which is a follow-on mission in the Cartosat-2 series with the primary objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery, in mid-December," the official said. "There will be a few foreign co-passenger satellites...about 15 to 20 (nanosatellites)," he said. The total number of customer satellites from abroad placed in orbit by PSLV so far is 209, according to ISRO.




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