European launch provider Arianespace carried three customer payloads to orbit June 28 through the launch of two satellites, one for India and another that is split between fleet operators Inmarsat and Hellas Sat.
Scheduled lift off is at 11:59 p.m. Eastern carrying a Cartosat-2 remote-sensing satellite. Also on board will be 30 smallsat secondary payloads from 15 countries.
India’s maiden launch of the GSLV Mark 3 rocket June 5 marks a big step forward on the country’s path to greater self sufficiency in space — a strategy India has used to guide its space activities not only in launch, but the construction and operation of telecommunications satellites.
The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft would include an orbiter and a lander, with that lander carrying a rover.
The Central Bureau of Investigation said it's planning to charge G. Madhavan Nair, former ISRO chairman, and two other ISRO officials.
The first of the five satellites, GSAT-9, is scheduled to launch in April.
Countdown underway for launch of more than 100 satellites on an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
The launch of the PSLV-C37 mission is scheduled for 10:58 p.m. Eastern Feb. 14.
ISRO expects foreign customers to cover half the cost of its next Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle mission
ISRO did not disclose exactly how much revenue the launch will generate from those foreign customers.
The French space agency, CNES, will supply two spacecraft cameras to a team from India competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, and has tightened its partnership with India to study reusable launch technology.
Past and future customers of India’s PSLV rocket said they doubt whether India will ever sign the kind of price-commitment agreement with the U.S. government that has been a subject of dispute for a decade.
India’s PSLV rocket on June 22 delivered the Indian Cartosat-2C high-resolution optical Earth observation into a 507-kilometer polar low Earth orbit along with 19 smaller satellites including 13 U.S. commercial spacecraft.
Commercial satellite fleet operators doing business in India are reacting with surprise and concern at an Indian regulatory proposal to consolidate all satellite television broadcasts onto a couple of Indian government-owned satellites.
After a third and final ground test of its newest cryogenic upper stage engine Feb. 19, India’s Space Research Organisation has said it is confident of launching its heavy-lift rocket this December.