Indian Space Research Organization is grooming to stir of few space activities from September as ISRO will be prepared to perform 19 launches, including the Chandrayaan-2 mission, in just seven months.
ISRO chairman K Sivan told to Times of India, “We are going to conduct 19 missions, including 10 satellites and nine launch vehicles, between September and March. For ISRO, this will be the highest density period for launches as never before we had launched two satellites within 30 days consecutively for months”.
PSLV C42 will carry UK satellites – Novasar and S1-4 – as the main payload.
In October, ISRO will launch GSLV MkIII-D2, also known as “Bahubali”. This will turn out to be the second launch of ISRO’s most robust rocket with 4-tonne lifting capacity. This rocket will lift off with GSAT-29 satellite along with multi-beam and optical communication payloads, this will help to build up the digital divide in rural regions.
In October itself, another launch is prepared of PSLV C43 is scheduled that will carry HySIS or hyperspectral imaging satellite. The satellite is all set to make India proud from 630 km altitude as it will allows the country to see in 55 spectral or color bands.
In next month November, ISRO will launch two more satellites, GSLV F11 will launch GSAT-7, a satellite dedicated for the IAF, which will help in order to force interlink their bases, ground radar stations and AWACS aircraft.
Next, ISRO will launch 5.6 tonne GSAT-11, it is the heaviest satellite ever made, from French Guiana on November 30. This satellite came into prominence when it was recalled in April from Arianespace to look for any of the possible abnormality.
In December, ISRO’s PSLV C44 will launch Emisat. The same month ISRO will launch GSAT-31 from French Guiana. It is a communication satellite which will be a replacement for the Insat 4CR.
In next year ISRO will escort the launch of its highly ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission. The launch windows will be from January 3 to February 16.
Also, Israel will be launching its moon mission around the same time period. Hence, it will be eye-to-eye race between the two to become the fourth country in the world after Russia, United States of America and China to do a soft-landing on the lunar surface. In January itself, ISRO’s PSLV c45 rocket will carry a remote sensing satellite Risat-2B.
Afterwards, in February, PSLV C46 will launch two satellites Cartosat-3, a remote sensing satellite, and NEMOAM, the next generation earth monitoring and observation-aerosol monitoring satellite.
In March, ISRO is planning to launch another reconnaissance satellite Risat-2BR1.
Cartosat-3, Risat-2B and Risat-2BR1 will help India to increase the surveillance capabilities of the country.
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