ISRO to bulk-launch seven satellites on February 25

ISRO is set to cross another major milestone by launching seven satellites simultaneously. Of the seven, six are foreign, while the main one, the 410-kg Saral, is a joint Indo-French mission. The liftoff is slated for around 6 PM on February 25 at Sriharikota. The rocket will be the core version of the highly proven four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Speaking to TOI, ISRO officials said Saral will consists of 2 payloads, Argos and ALtika, and the primary role during its 5 year mission will be to carryout oceanographic studies. Its flight is expected to rocket Indo-French space cooperation into higher orbits, coming as it is soon after the visit of French President Francois Hollande to India. In addition there will be 2 satellites from Canada, two from Austria and one each from Denmark and UK. It may be recalled that ISRO had set a world record in April 2008 by launching 10 Satellites together in perfect precision a feat which was applauded by world space agencies.

Source: Times of India

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