India's PSLV-C44 to launch Microsat-R, Kalamsat on Thursday

PSLV-C44   (Photo: ISRO)
PSLV-C44 (Photo: ISRO)
India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) is slated to take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota late tonight with Microsat-R, an imaging satellite, and Kalamsat, a student satellite on board.
The countdown for the launch of the PSLV-C44 mission started yesterday at 19:37 hours (IST) and lift-off is scheduled at 23:37 hours (IST) today.
This will be the 46th flight of the PSLV, which is a four-stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages. 
The PSLV with 2 strap-on configuration has been identified for this mission and the configuration is designated as PSLV-DL.
PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL, a new variant of PSLV.
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. PSLV-C44 will also carry Microsat-R, an imaging satellite," ISRO sources said.
Kalamsat-V2 is a payload that has been developed by students and Chennai-based Space Kidz India. It is a 10 cm cube satellite weighing 1200 grams. It has made use of commercially available off-the-shelf components.

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