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June 13-19, 2016 / Vol 35, No 24 / Hawai`i Island, USA

10 Jun 2016, 20:41 UTC
June 13-19, 2016 / Vol 35, No 24 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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India PSLV to Launch ISRO Cartosat-2C and 21 International Satellites

The India Space Research Organization operating its increasingly prolific and highly dependable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is set for a major launch on Jun 20 of its own high-resolution Earth observation satellite and 21 secondary international payloads from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. The mission will fly as PSLV-C34 in the CA or “Core Alone” configuration which does not include the six strap-on boosters of the standard variant. The 690-kg Cartosat 2C satellite with Panchromatic Camera and multi-spectral instrument, is expected to provide very high definition imagery at resolutions down to 0.65-meter. It was built at the Space Application Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad and certified for launch at the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) at Bengaluru. It has been described by ISRO officials as ‘one of the bests eyes in the sky’ India has ever had. The launch will set a national record for the most satellites launched on a single rocket, with 21 international, academic and commercial secondary payloads including: LAPAN A3 of Indonesia; BIROS, BeeSat 4 of Germany; SKYSAT GEN 2-1, Planet Labs Flock-2x (1-12) of USA; and M3MSat, GHGSat-D of Canada among the many micro ...

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