On January 24 before midnight, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV will launch world’s smallest satellite built by a student startup from Chennai, the KalamSAT. The satellite will be powered by the PSLV’s fourth stage- a first for any space agency.
The launch mission, called PSLV-C44, will be the first in the world to not just launch a satellite but use the rocket as a platform for experiments in space.
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The same rocket will also carry an earth observation satellite for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), called MicroSAT-R, into orbit for surveillance and imaging.
The communication satellite developed by the students will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The launch at 11.37 pm is said to be unique as PSLV-C44 fourth stage will be re-used automatically to launch KalamSAT payload and Microsat-R satellite into space from the First Launch Pad (FLP). PSLV is a four-stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages.
PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV.
Earlier ISRO Chief Dr.K.Sivan said India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, which was scheduled to be launched in late 2018, is now expected to be launched between March 25 and end of April this year.