Chennai: Buoyed by the successful launch of India’s third Lunar mission Chandrayaan-3 on Friday last, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up for a commercial mission using its versatile and workhorse launch vehicle PSLV on July 26.
ISRO sources said PSLV-C56 with seven satellites, including the primary payload, the 351.9 kg earth observation satellite DS-SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) from Singapore–will take off from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Wednesday next.
The launch will take place from the First Launch Pad and ISRO scientists are busy with the mission preparations, back into action just barely days after the third Lunar mission Chandryaaan-3’s successful injection into the precise Orbit.
ISRO said it would be using a ‘core alone’ variant of the PSLV for the July 26 mission.
Apart from DS-Sar, the PSLV will carry piggbyback Arcade (23.58 kg), Velox-AM (23 kg) and Orb-12 Strider (12.8 kg) and three nano satellites weighing less than 10 kg each as payloads in this commercial mission.
The three nano satellites are the Galassia-2 (3.84 kg), SCOOB-II (4.1 kg) and NuLIon (3.05 kg) which would be placed in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO).