Indian Rocket To Launch Five Foreign Payloads

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The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch France’s Spot 7 high-resolution optical imaging satellite on June 30, the agency announced.

Built by Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space Group, the 714-kilogram Spot 7 is the primary payload among five passengers on the fully commercial flight of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, ISRO said June 20.

The liftoff is scheduled for 9:49 a.m. local time from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota off the coast of southern India.

The other satellites on the launch are a 14-kilogram satellite for a German amateur radio group, a pair of 15-kilogram Canadian satellites, and a 7-kilogram satellite for Singapore. The satellites are being launched under contracts with Antrix Corp., ISRO’s commercial arm, the agency said.

ISRO said all the five satellites have been integrated with the rocket and a final mission readiness review is slated for June 27.