The countdown is progressing for the 44th launch of the Indian rocket the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle at Sriharikota, India's rocket port on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh. This is a special launch which hopes to place in orbit two British satellites for which India will earn upwards of Rs 200 crore.
This is a fully commercial launch by ISRO where the whole rocket has been hired by an overseas company. India's workhorse rocket the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is on its 44th mission and a lighter version of the PSLV is being used.
No Indian satellite is being launched as this is a fully commercial launch contracted through Antrix Corporation Limited ISRO's commercial arm.
Today Sriharikota, India's rocket port is buzzing with activity as ISRO gets ready to orbit two British satellites. Describing it as a 'fully Commercial launch by ISRO' Dr S Somnath, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center, Thiruvananthapuram said 'India will earn money by this launch'.