Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch today Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C44, the first mission of PSLV -DL (a new variant of PSLV).
The PSLV-C44 will carry Microsat-R, an imaging satellite and Kalamsat-V2, a satellite developed by students and Space Kidz India. The PSLV-C44 will launch Kalamsat V2 and Microsat-R into sun synchronous polar orbit.
It will be launched from First Launch Pad (FLP) Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota today at 23:40 hrs.
PSLV-C44 will be the first to use demonstration of spent stage PS4 (fourth stage) as an experimental orbital platform for carrying out technology demonstration
Few facts about Kalamsat V2 as found in Space Kidz India webpage
- Kalamsat v2 is a 10 cm cube satellite weighing 1200 grams
- It uses a modified new kind of electronic systems and buses which makes use of commercially off the shelf components to make the space exploration easier and economical.
- Kalamsat V2 will be the first-ever satellite to use this demonstration of spent stage PS4 (fourth stage) as the orbital platform and do research. It will reduce the cost of space exploration and launch and also reduce the development of space debris.