An Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Jan. 20 carrying IRNSS-1E, the fifth satellite in the seven-spacecraft Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. Credit: ISRO

India’s space agency ISRO expects foreign customers to cover half the cost of its next Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission.

That launch, scheduled for next week, will carry only three Indian satellites, including the primary payload, Cartosat-2D.

A total of 104 satellites will fly on the PSLV, including 88 Dove cubesats from Earth-imaging company Planet.

ISRO did not disclose exactly how much revenue the launch will generate from those foreign customers. [PTI]

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Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...