Today, the Indian Space Research Organisation made public its intentions about the PSLV-C28 mission.
Through its commercial arm, Antrix Corporation, ISRO has inked a deal with the Surrey Space Centre of the UK. This launch would carry five of its payloads.
Three of the payloads are DMC3 satellites, namely DMC3-1, DMC3-2 and DMC3-C. These 3 satellites consist the starting point of UK's DMC3 satellite constellation, chiefly designed for high-resolution Earth observation. These satellites will be strategically placed in a Sun-synchronous orbit, while would enable them to image a target on any part of the Earth.
In addition, there are 2 other payloads from Surrey. CBNT-1, a technology demonstrator earth observation micro-satellite, and De-OrbitSail, a technology demonstrator nano satellite.
Accommodating so many payloads within the 3 metre-high payload fairing of the PSLV was indeed a challenge, says ISRO in its press release.
This launch shall use the augmented XL version of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, ISRO's workhorse launch vehicle with a truly impressive track record. For over 20 years, this launcher has betrayed its creators only on its maiden mission.
I know this is getting boring, so, those who are interested, head over to the mission profile and check out all ISRO has to say about its mission (including technicalities):
No official date for launch has been announced as yet. This is one among a series of foreign contracts ISRO has taken up Antrix Corp. ever since the close of the 20th century.
A live webcast of the launch should be available on YouTube and television networks by the State broadcaster, Doordarshan. More updates as they come in.
Image: The Second Stage of the PSLV C28 being integrated, with the vehicle docked in the Mobile Service Tower
Image Credit: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)