ISRO Ready For Launch Of Multi-Mission PSLV

Space scientists are readying for what many see as a pathbreaking event — the January 10 launch by India of four satellites, including a recoverable spacecraft, on a home-grown rocket. Officials of Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organisation are talking of a 9.30 am blast-off on that day from the spaceport at Sriharikota.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) will carry into space India’s Cartosat-2, a 680-kg mapping satellite, and the Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE, 550 kg), Indonesia’s Lapan-Tubsat satellite (56 kg) and Pehuensat of Argentina (six kg).

This is the first time India will launch four satellites together, including the recoverable SRE that is intended to demonstrate the capability to recover an orbiting space capsule and associated technologies.

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