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Isro to launch 5 foreign satellites on June 30

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BANGALORE: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch five foreign satellites onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) on June 30, the agency said on Friday.

“The lift-off time is scheduled at 09:49 am. PSLV-C23 will carry a 714-kg French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7 as the main payload,” an official press note from the space agency said on Friday.

The rocket will also put into space the 14-kg AISAT of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada each weighing 15 kg, and the 7-kg VELOX-1 of Singapore.

“These five satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements that Antrix has entered with the respective foreign agencies. They have all been integrated with the launch vehicle and the final phase of checks is progressing,” the note added.

The Mission Readiness Review (MRR) Committee and the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) are meeting on June 27 to review the progress of pre-launch activities, after which LAB will give the clearance. The 49-hour countdown for the mission is expected to commence at 8.49 am on June 28.

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