The Isro will this month launch from Sriharikota four nano satellites named Lemur from the United States. Besides, it will also launch one nano satellite from Canada and one micro satellite from Indonesia.
This will be for the first time that India will be launching a satellite of the US. All these international customer satellites would be launched as co-passengers to the national primary satellite Astrosat. The launch is expected to take place this month end.
These international co-passenger satellites are primarily meant for maritime applications using Automatic Identification System (AIS).
While the four US satellites together weigh around 28 kg, that from Canada will weigh around 14 kg and the one from Indonesia weighs around 76 kg.
The commercial arm of Isro, Antrix as on date, has signed agreements for launching 28 foreign satellites from six countries — Algeria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore and US.
This includes the six being launched this month. These satellites are in the primary, mini, micro and nano satellite mass range and would be launched in 2015-2017.
Astrosat India’s first multi-wavelength astronomical observatory in space, is scheduled for launch onboard India’s PSLV.