New Delhi: Indian space mission will experience a significant change in space science on February 25 as the space agency will send into orbit seven foreign satellites including an Indo-French collaborative satellite SARAL.
As per reports, ISRO soures said rocket will blast off from the Sriharikota rocket launch centre (around 80 km from Chennai) on 25th February, carrying seven satellites, totally weighing around 700 kg.
The rocket is expected to escape the earth's gravitational force at around 6 pm and inject the satellites in sun synchronous orbit (SSO) at around 785 km.
It is said the data generated by SARAL will be shared by France and India whereas the other five satellites would be launched on commercial basis.
The launch window will be open between February 22-25. During the 59 hour countdown, the systems will be checked and the rocket will be fueled.
Speaking about SARAL (Satellite for ARGOS and ALTIKA), Indian officials said the French gave the two payloads - ARGOS and ALTIKA) while ISRO provided satellite bus (satellite frame) and built the satellite.
"The data generated by SARAL will be shared by France and India whereas the other five satellites would be launched on commercial basis," an ISRO official said.
This will be a crucial mission as Indian space mission aims at earning revenues from it.
The PSLV-C20 will sling into orbit two Canadian satellite NEOSSat (Near Earth Object Space Surveillance Satellite), the world's first space telescope designed by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Sapphire satellite built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA).
The other four satellites to be carried by PSLV-C20 are BRITE and UniBRITE (both Austria), STRAND (Britain) and AAUSAT (Denmark).