The Indian Space Research Organisation plans to launch a satellite on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in the second week of December, the first since its unsuccessful mission to orbit a navigation spacecraft nearly one-and-a-half months ago.
An official said, ‘This would be the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series. In February this year, PSLV-C37 launched the first Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites in a single flight.
In June, India’s workhorse launch vehicle launched the second one along with 30 co-passenger satellites — the 39th consecutively successful mission of PSLV. But a PSLV-C39 flight carrying IRNSS-1H navigation satellite on August 31 was unsuccessful, in what is seen as a setback.There will be a few foreign co-passenger satellites…about 15 to 20 (nano satellites)’. The total number of customer satellites from abroad placed in orbit by PSLV so far is 209, according to ISRO.