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ISRO to launch two satellites in September

Thursday, Sep 1, 2016,15:40 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Bengaluru | Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that had braced itself for one satellite launch every month is planning two launches this month.

“INSAT-3DR is scheduled for September 8 and by end of  September we will have ScatSat along with an Algerian  satellite as its co-passenger,” ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar  told reporters here on the sidelines of Bangalore Space  Expo-2016 (BSX-2016).

The launch of GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch  Vehicle) Mark II carrying the geostationary weather satellite  INSAT-3DR was earlier postponed due to a technical issue found in a satellite component while carrying out tests.

It was earlier scheduled for launch on August 28.
INSAT-3DR is a follow-on to INSAT-3D which entered space in 2013 from French Guiana.
The spacecraft was flagged off to Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on August 5 from ISRO Satellite Centre here.

To be launched by the end of this month, ScatSat is an  indigenously developed weather forecasting satellite.It will also have the capability to monitor sea surface winds and predict cyclones.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will be used to  launch this satellite that is expected to replace Oceansat-2  which is completing its lifespan.
An Algerian satellite along with two other satellites  will be co-passengers to ScatSat during this launch, ISRO  officials said.