Panoramic view of SARAL and smaller satellites including STRaND-1 attached to the PSLV C20 – Image credit ISRO
The STRaND-1 build and test phase took just 3 months
The launch rehearsal of PSLV-C20 with the primary satellite SARAL and six other satellites has been completed satisfactorily at SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. Mission Readiness Review and meeting of Launch Authorisation Board are scheduled on Feb 22, 2013.
AAUSAT3 Flight Model and Engineering Model – Image credit Aalborg University
The Hindu newspaper reports that the first launch of the year by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be the PSLV-CA (PSLV-C20). It will carry the ocean study spacecraft SARAL as well as satellites carrying amateur radio payloads. The launch into a 785 km orbit is currently planned to take place on February 25.
The ESTCube 1 CubeSat was built by students at Tartu University with the objectives for promoting space, providing and educational tool for science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects and giving students hands-on experience on developing space technologies.
It uses the amateur radio 145, 437 and 2400 MHz bands and the launch is planned for 2013.
It’s tipped to be India’s heaviest rocket till date weighing 640 tons, it’s also taken 10 years to develop and will hopefully launch Indian astronauts into space. That’s the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) designed and developed GSLV MK3 that has cost Rs 2500 crores and will put India on the multimillion dollar commercial launch market.