New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch two earth observation satellites onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the space port of Sriharikota, about 110 kilometers from Chennai on Sunday. The mission is a commercial arrangement between the company and Antrix Corporation Limited, which is the commercial wing of ISRO. The 33-hour countdown for the launch began at 1.08 pm on Saturday.Also Read - Empire State Building Size Asteroid May Hit Earth, But Not Untill 2100s: Report
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- The ISRO will launch foreign satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, together weighing over 800 kilograms, onboard PSLV-C42 at lift off on Sunday.
- The launch is scheduled at 10.07 PM, an official release by ISRO read.
- The foreign satellites have been meant for forest mapping and flood and disaster monitoring, among other uses.
- NovaSAR and S1-4 would be released into sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 583 km.
- They have been developed by Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited, United Kingdom.
This would be the 44th flight of the PSLV and the third launch by ISRO this year.
Earlier in January, PSLV-C40 launched India’s weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series and PSLV-C41 launched IRNSS – 1I navigation satellite in April.