ISRO or, Indian Space Research Organisation is going to launch 31 satellites, that will also include, India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation space craft in a single mission through its Polar rocket on 10 January 2018. This will be the firsr Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the organization had been unsuccessful in launching of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August this year. A senior Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official, has confirmed that the launch is scheduled to take place on 10 January. The India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite is the most significant payload that will be involved in the mission. The mission is still going to be confirmed by the Mission Readiness Review committee, that is going to meet soon and decide if everything is indeed in place to launch the mission successfully.
The launch is going to take place from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, and the mission is also going to use PSLV-C40 for the launch. It is a complicated process, and will involve mini satellites from Finland and the US, one micro and nano satellite from India along with one Cartosat satellite.
The authorities are hoping for a very successful mission, after the previous one, held in August, was jeopardized after there was a technical fault in the latter end of the mission. This technical fault had been because the heat shield was not able to get separated on the final leg of the launch sequence and, in conclusion, IRNSS-1H had gotten stuck in the 4th stage of the rocket, thus making the whole mission a failure. The ISRO official are again confident that the mission is going to be successful and will provide high resolution imageries from space. The launch will be seen closely from the officials and they are confident that this will indeed lead to success this time.