India is set to launch a satellite designed to help study climatic and atmospheric changes in the tropics, on October 12.
According to an official from the country’s space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the rocket and its payload have been assembled and the heat shield has been closed. Preparations are in full swing at Sriharikota, the rocket launch site in Tamil Nadu around 80 km from Chennai.
Megha Tropiques is an Indo-French collaboration to study climatic and atmospheric changes in tropical regions and will make India the second nation in the world to launch such a space mission.
The three nano satellites that will be ferried by the PSLV rocket are a 10-kg SRMSAT built by students of SRM University near Chennai; a 3-kg remote sensing satellite Jugnu from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur; and a 30-kg VesselSat from Luxumbourg to locate ships on high seas.