Chennai, Jan 17 (IECurrentAffairs) In its first mission of the new year, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 46th flight, will launch the Kalamsat and Microsat-R from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota on January 24.
PSLV with two strap-on configuration has been identified for this mission and the configuration was designated as PSLV-DL.
PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV, ISRO sources said on Thursday.
PSLV is a four stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages.
In PSLV-C44, the fourth stage (PS4) of the vehicle will be moved to higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.
Kalamsat, a student payload will be the first to use PS4 as orbital platform.The 44.4 m tall PSLV-C44 will also carry Microsat-R, an imaging satellite.
About 830 seconds after the lift off, the satellites would be injected into the orbit. While Kalamsat would be placed in a 450 km orbit with an inclination of 98.767 Deg, Microsat-R would be placed in a 274.12 km orbit with an inclination of 96.567 deg.