This Sunday night ISRO successfully put British earth observation satellites NovaSAR and S1-4 into orbit.
These two satellites had payloads of Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK.
As mentioned by S Rakesh, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Antrix Corporation Ltd, the income from these two UK satellites is well over Rs 220 crore. When asked about the next commercial launch, Sivan said that the next PSLV rocket will put into orbit 30 small satellites from third parties alongside an Indian satellite.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will propel three more satellites to give high-speed bandwidth connectivity to rural areas as part of the NDA government’s Digital India programme, an official said.
Speaking to reporters after the successful launch of two UK satellites by Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO Chairman K Sivan said: “The ISRO will launch three more satellites, which together will provide international level bandwidth speed.” Sivan further added, the satellites are AGSAT 20 (to be launched next year), GSAT 11, and GSAT 29. GSAT 19 has already been launched.
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Sivan said that ISRO had planned a series of propulsions over the next half year. There will be a rocket launch mission every second week. Sivan also said earth observation satellites will also be launched in addition to the communication satellites. He said that the much expected moon mission will happen next January.
“The launch window for Chandrayaan-2 mission is planned between January 3 and February 16, 2019. We are aiming for January 3. We do not expect any delay in the Chandrayaan-2 mission,” Sivan informed. When asked about the certifying agency for the rocket that would carry Indian astronauts Sivan said that the ISRO will be the certifying agency. He also said that the norms for these certifications will be drawn with the help of Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Sivan said that the ISRO would like to learn from the expertise of other countries for this new Indian endeavour.