In a major development, the Indian Space Research Center is gearing ups to conduct the last launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of the year from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
As per the reports, ISRO will launch Oceansat-3 and eight nanosatellites, including one from Bhutan on upcoming Saturday (November 26). The launch is scheduled to take place at 11.56 am (rpt 11.56 am).
The eight nano-satellites include those developed by Indian startups — India’s first private earth imaging satellite ‘Anand’ developed by Bengaluru-based space startup Pixxel and Thybolt-1 and Thybolt-2 satellites of Hyderabad-based startup Dhruva Space. Switzerland’s four Astrocast satellites from Spaceflight US are also among the eight nano satellites that will piggyback on Isro’s primary payload Oceansat-3.
About the Oceansat-3
Oceansat-3 is the third in its set of ocean observation satellites that are part of Isro’s Oceansat program. It is a multi-sensor observation satellite, expected to operate until 2027 and its objectives are gathering ocean colour data, sea surface temperature measurements and wind vector data. BhutanSat (aka INS-2B) is part of the Bhutan space programme being supported by Isro to promote India’s space diplomacy. India had earlier set up an earth station in Bhutan to help it downlink and track satellite signals to give fillip to its communication and broadcasting sectors.