The launch is significant as it will help strengthen India’s position in the global space market.

Features Friday, July 18, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| June 30, 2014| 12.25 am IST The launch of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C23, is scheduled on June 30, 2014 (Monday) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. The indigenous vehicle will lift off from Shar at 9.52 in the morning. Previously the launch was schedule for 9.49, but was postponed by three minute to avoid space debris. The launch is significant as it will help strengthen India’s position in the global space market. There are very few countries in the space that provides commercial launch pad for foreign satellites. This would be ISRO's first fully commercial launch of foreign satellites after September 2012. The primary satellite that PSLV-C23 carries is one made by Airbus Defence and Space, France, a leading aerospace company and adding them to its client list has boosted ISRO's image in the market. India has already launched almost 35 foreign satellites successfully into space, but the ISRO-DEVAS deal controversy had marred Antix's image. Antrix is the commercial wing of the ISRO. With this launch ISRO and ANTRIX hopes to start a new chapter. PSLV-C23 will carry a 714 kg French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7 as the main payload. Also, 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 are being carried as co-passengers. These five satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements that ANTRIX has entered with the respective foreign agencies.

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