India is set to embark on its first big space mission of 2013. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to launch SARAL satellite using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-20) from Sriharikota at 5.56 pm on February 25.
According to ISRO sources, the main aim of the satellite is to study ocean currents and sea surface heights.
PSLV C -20 in its core alone configuration will launch 410kg Indo-French SARAL — (Satellite with ARgos and ALtika) satellite along with 6 more commercial payloads.
The launch is scheduled from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
“SARAL will be used for oceanographic studies. It consists of two payloads - ARGOS , the DATA collection system and ALTIKA, Ka band Altimeter for coastal altimetry with an expected mission life of 5 years,’ according to ISRO sources.