India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch three DMC-3 earth observation satellites for China by the end of 2015. ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the satellites.
The one-meter DMC-3 satellites are being built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSLT) in the United Kingdom. The satellites will be leased to Beijing-based Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Company (21AT) for a period of seven years. The three satellites form a new constellation, DMC-3, with daily revisit times, which is crucial for change detection, disaster monitoring and response planning, and essential for acquiring cloud-free imagery, according to the SSLT website. ISRO plans to launch the 350kg DMC-3 by the year-end or early 2015 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.