India Prepares for Three Satellite Launches in September
[Satellite TODAY 08-06-12] India will launch three satellites next month and two more by the end of 2012, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director P.S.Veeraraghavan said in a statement to Indian press.
“We will be launching Spot-6, a French remote sensing satellite and a small Japanese satellite on board PSLV-C21 [Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle] rocket next month. The third is a communication satellite, GSAT-10, which will ride on-board [Arianespace’s] Ariane rocket from Kourou in French Guiana,” said Veeraraghavan. “The French satellite is expected to be in India soon while the Japanese satellite is already at the Indian Space Research Organization’s [ISRO] launch center at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.”
The VSCC is an operational wing of ISRO. The space agency’s commercial arm Antrix entered into a commercial launch services agreement with Astrium for the launch of Spot-6.