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ISRO plans a slew of foreign satellite launches

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):
http://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/pslv-c28-dmc3-mission

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)
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Since the second challenge of the Concept Poster challenge is such a tough one, we would like to provide a hint!

Hint: On the map there is a code that does not necessarily fit in with the concept sketch on the poster. Find it and try to find the name of the map!

The deadline for submitting an answer is Friday, the 31st of July. Good luck! http://mars.social/9790b2 - Mars Exchange
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(Almost) Live: Status report on #Philae from #LCC in Cologne. Sorry, Comet Lander Philae, you have to work this Sunday. Get ready!

#‎lifeonacomet‬

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