ISRO gets nod for the July 10 night rocket launch; Countdown starat

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ISRO gets nod for the July 10 night rocket launch; Countdown starat

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch five foreign satellites in space as part of first historic commercial launch.

On Wednesday, the 62 and half hour countdown commenced at 07:28 AM. Launch is scheduled at 21:58 on July 10. 

The centre at Sriharikota has decided to man the launch as part of the arrangement entered into between DMC International Imaging (DMCii), a wholly owned subsidiary of SSTL, UK; and Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), it said.

The DMC3 constellation, comprising three advanced mini-satellites DMC3-1, DMC3-2 and DMC3-3, is designed to address the need for simultaneous high spatial resolution and high temporal resolution optical Earth Observation.

Launched into a single Low-Earth Orbit plane and phased with a separation of 120 degrees between them, these satellites can image any target on the Earth’s surface every day. Major application areas include surveying the resources on earth and its environment, managing urban infrastructure and monitoring of disasters.

CBNT-1, weighing 91 kg, is an optical Earth Observation technology demonstration micro satellite built by SSTL. The 7 kg De-orbitSail from Surrey Space Centre, is an experimental nano satellite for demonstration of large thin membrane sail and drag deorbiting using this sail.

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