ISRO says its next launch will be in Dec end or Jan first week

ISRO says its next launch will be in Dec end or Jan first week

ISRO today said its next launch, the first  Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the  unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H, will be  during the end of December or the first week of January.

The space agency had earlier said that the mission, whose main payload would be the Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite, along with 29 co-passengers, was scheduled for a December launch.

"We are working towards it. It will be at the end of December or first week of January. In that time frame," Indian Space Research Organisation  Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said. PSLV-C40 will be used for the launch from the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 100 kilometres from Chennai. The mission will be a combination of 25 nano satellites, three micro-satellites and one Cartosat satellite, along with "maybe" one university satellite, ISRO officials  had earlier said.

Most co-passengers of Cartosat-2 series satellite would be from foreign countries, including Finland and the US, they had said. On August 31, India's mission to launch its backup   navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on board PSLV-C39 ended in a   failure after a technical fault on the final leg following a   perfect launch.

ISRO then said the heat shield did not separate on  the final leg of the launch sequence and, as a result, IRNSS-1H got stuck in the fourth stage of the rocket. According to ISRO, Cartosat-2 series satellite launch  is a follow-on mission in Cartosat-2 series with the primary   objective of providing high resolution scene specific spot   imageries.

It carries Panchromatic and Multi-spectral cameras   operating in Time Delay Integration (TDI) mode and is capable   of delivering high resolution data.

To a question on plans for next year, Kiran Kumar said the idea was to reach a target of one launch a  month. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the   inauguration of Space Technology Gallery at Visvesvaraya   Industrial & Technological Museum here. Asked whether the Space Activities Bill, 2017 would  come up during the Budget session of Parliament, Kiran  Kumar said "We have now put it for public comments. It  would have to go through a set of discussions. The process has  started."

The draft of the proposed Bill to promote and regulate   space activities of India, along with encouraging the   participation of the private sector, has been uploaded on the ISRO  website for comments from stakeholders and the public.

On Chandrayaan-2, Kumar said it was going on track and that the  flight hardware was getting assembled and tested. "It  is going through various phases. We are targeting for the first  quarter of next year," he said. Chandrayaan-2,India's second mission to the Moon,would be an advanced version of Chandrayaan-1 launched  nine years ago. This spacecraft is a composite model  consisting of orbiter, lander and rover.  

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