India will launch three satellites next month and two more by the end of this year, said a senior official here.
will be launching Spot-6, a French satellite and a small Japanese
satellite on board PSLV-C21 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket,
next month," P.S.Veeraraghavan, director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
(VSSC), told IANS.
The third is a communication satellite GSAT-10 on board Ariane rocket from Kourou in French Guiana.
The Thiruvananthapuram-based VSCC is part of India's space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
said the French satellite is expected to be in India soon while the
Japanese satellite is already at ISRO's launch centre at Sriharikota in
Andhra Pradesh, around 80 km from here.
ISRO's commercial arm
Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix) has entered into a commercial Launch
Services Agreement with Astrium SAS, a company under EADS, France, for
launching SPOT-6, an advanced remote sensing satellite.
interesting is that the 800-kg SPOT-6 built by Astrium SAS will be the
heaviest third party payload that ISRO will be carrying after the 350-kg
Italian satellite Agile it put into orbit in 2007.
As the total
luggage will be around 815 kg, ISRO will be using its Core Alone variant
of PSLV (rocket without its six strap on motors).
The mission will take ISRO's total tally of ferrying foreign satellites to 29.
Indian space agency in order to augment its communication transponder
capacity-(automatic receivers and transmitters for communication and
broadcast of signals) will be sending up GSAT-10.
The 3.4 tonne
satellite will carry 12 Ku Band, 12 C Band and 12 Extended C Band
transponders and GAGAN (global positioning satellite-GPS and GEO
augmented navigation) payload.
According to Veeraraghavan, the
space agency would launch SARAL satellite an Indo-French initiative
using PSLV-C20 rocket sometime in October-November this year.
that ISRO normally do not launch any rockets during that period,
Veeraraghavan said if the weather is conducive the rocket could be sent
He said ISRO is also planning to launch GSAT-14 a small
communication satellite by this December or January next year using its
heavier rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).
two ton GSAT-14 considered as the replacement for India's the education
satellite Edusat is configured with six Ku and six Extended C Band
In addition, the spacecraft also carries Ka band
beacons, which are planned to be used to carry out studies related to
rain and atmospheric effects on Ka band satellite communication links in
ISRO will be flying the GSLV rocket this time with
its own cryogenic engine. This will be the second GSLV rocket to fly
with indigenous cryogenic engine. The first GSLV rocket that flew with
indigenous cryogenic engine in 2010 was a failure.
ISRO will be flying a GSLV rocket after a gap of two years. In December
2010, another GSLV rocket with Russian made cryogenic engine was
destroyed mid-air within a minute after lift off.
Veeraraghavan said ISRO will be testing its GSLV Mark III model next March but without the cryogenic engine.
mission is called X Mission. The rocket will have only the first two
stages/engines powered by solid and liquid fuels. The subsystems for the
cryogenic engine are being tested. The cryogenic engine is much bigger
than the one that will power other GSLV," Veeraraghavan said.