India: ISRO and its commercial arm Antrix, the country’s workhorse the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is gearing up to put in orbit five foreign satellites from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on July 10. With the overall lift-off mass of the five satellites amounting to about 1,440 kg, the mission is said to be the heaviest commercial mission ever undertaken by Antrix/ISRO, stated an official from ISRO. The three DMC3 satellites, each weighing 447 kg, will be launched into a 647 km Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO). According to the agency’s official website, the rocket will also carry two auxiliary satellites from UK – CBNT-1, a technology demonstrator earth observation micro satellite built by SSTL, and DeOrbitSail, a technology demonstrator nanosatellite built by Surrey Space Centre.
Source: Indian express