BENGALURU – Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced the launch of student payload “Kalamsat” and Imaging satellite “Microsat-R” from Polar State Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on January 24 from Sriharikota Space Center. The mission will be executed from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota.
“The 46th flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) will launch Microsat-R and Kalamsat from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on January 24,” the state-run space agency said in a statement on its website.
PSLV is a four stage launch vehicle that has alternating solid and liquid stages. The agency said that PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and it is new variant of PSLV. The fourth stage of the vehicle will be moved to a higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.
“The PSLV with 2 strap-on configuration has been identified for this mission and the configuration is designated as PSLV-DL. PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV,” ISRO said.
“Kalamsat, a student payload will be the first to use PS4 as orbital platform. PSLV-C44 will also carry Microsat-R, an imaging satellite,” the agency said.