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September 3 – 9, 2012 / Vol 31, No 36 / Hawai`i Island, USA

31 Aug 2012, 20:31 UTC
September 3 – 9, 2012 / Vol 31, No 36 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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100th ISRO Mission to Launch Earth Observation Satellites
The Indian Space Research Organisation is set to embark on its 100th mission September 9, launching two satellites on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, located on the southeast coast of the subcontinent. The PSLV will carry the SPOT 6 high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite for the French government under a commercial contract. It will also carry the PRoject of OIT Electric-Rocket-Engine Onboard Small Space Ship (PROITERES) MicroSat, a small satellite project developed in Japan at the Osaka Institute of Technology. SPOT 6 (800 kg) and its twin SPOT 7, set to launch in early 2014, are operated by Astrium Services and will enable the entire Earth to be seen every day in high- to very-high resolution. The 15 kg PROITERES MicroSat will monitor the Kansai area of western Japan with a high-resolution camera. In addition to radio equipment, the ultra-small satellite has an electric propulsion rocket engine making powered-flight possible. Beginning with the Aryabhata satellite in 1975, the PSLV has put 52 satellites (26 Indian and 26 international) into a variety of orbits at a flyaway cost of US $17 million per launch. Before the ...

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