NELLORE: The Satish Dhawan Space Centre of Sriharikota, will soon witness the India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV), lifting its 30th flight in a commercial launch of UK’s five satellites. The launch, scheduled on July 10th, is considered as the heaviest ever payload(1,440Kg) for a commercial launch.
The PSLV C-28 is scheduled to launch three identical optical Earth observation satellites(DMC3). The satellites were built by the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), with each of the satellites weighing 447Kg. The launch will also carry two other satellites including a micro and a nano satellite, which is also owned by the UK.
As per the reports, the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), will be using the high-end XL version of the PSLV for the ninth time, in a bid to launch the satellites.
ISRO Spokesperson Mr.DeviPrasad said, “A successful PSLV C-28 launch will definitely boost the capabilities of the Indian Space Research, in launching the foreign vehicles. This is also the heaviest payload, ever for a commercial launch”.
ISRO’s earlier commercial best was the launch of the SPOT-7, a french satellite weighing 712Kg.
The three DMC3 satellites will be launched into the 647km sun-synchronous orbit. ” With the overall lift-off mass of the five satellites amounting to a total of 1440Kg. ” The launch would be a challenge to the ISRO”, the organisation said on its website.
To mount the satellites onto the launcher, ISRO has specifically designed a circular launcher adapter called the L-adapter.
The DMC3 satellites which are due to be launched, has the ability to image any target on the Earth’s surface. Its major applications include monitoring of disasters, managing urban infrastructure and surveying the resources on earth and its environment, the Times of India reports.