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Isro to launch French satellite SPOT 7 on 26 June

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-06-2014 PTI

Chennai: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is planning to launch its next rocket PSLV C23 carrying a French remote sensing satellite SPOT 7, along with four others from Sriharikota spaceport on 26 June, a senior official said on Friday.

“As of now, we have scheduled the launch of PSLV C23 at 9.50am on 26 June. A 52-hour countdown has been planned, which would commence at 6am on 24 June,” the Isro official told PTI.

SPOT 7 is an earth observing satellite, similar to Indian Remote Satellite System (IRSS), he said, adding four other satellites would also be launched on the same day.

This time around, Isro would use the core-only edition of the launch vehicle PSLV, he said. Asked if there would be any change in the date of launch, he said the date and time also depend on the availability of VIPs, if any, witnessing the launch. The satellites would be integrated with the launch vehicle on 16 June and heat shield check would be performed on 18 June.

Known for its expertise in launching PSLVs with smaller payloads up to 1,600kg, the national space agency Isro has earned a name in the space industry, attracting huge sum to the country as foreign exchange.

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