India to launch imaging satellite Microsat-R on Jan 24

The ISRO (Indian Space and Research Organisation) will launch an imaging satellite Microsat-R along with a student payload ‘Kalamsat’ from its spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on January 24, 2019. Added, the ISRO.

Further, “The 46th flight of ‘Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’ (PSLV-C44) will launch Microsat-R and Kalamsat from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on January 24,” mentioned in a statement on ISRO’s official website.

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Although, India’s only spaceport is located at Sriharikota, about 90 km northeast of Chennai. The four-stage launch vehicle which has alternating solid and liquid stages, with two strap-on configuration has been identified for the mission and configuration designated as PSLV-DL.

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“PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV,” the ISRO. While the 4th stage (PS4) of the same will be moved to a higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments. The student payload ‘Kalamsat’ will be the first to use PS4 as an orbital platform.

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