NovaSAR-S & SSTL-S1 PSLV Launch
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C42 mission, will launch the NovaSAR-S and SSTL-S1 Earth observation satellites, along with several secondary payloads. The NovaSAR-S spacecraft carries a radar imaging instrument, and the mission was developed in partnership between the British government and the British satellite manufacturer SSTL. The SSTL-S1 satellite, also built by SSTL, is a high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite identical to three DMC3/TripleSat reconnaissance craft launched in 2015. Beijing-based 21AT will lease imaging capacity on the SSTL-S1 satellite. The PSLV will fly in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters.
Launch date: September 2018
Launch time: TBD