The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also launch the ‘Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)’ before December 2020

The countdown has begun for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's 51st mission (PSLV-C49) which will launch the weather satellite EOS-01 along with nine foreign satellites tomorrow.

ISRO said onTwitter, “Countdown for the launch of #PSLVC49/ #EOS01 mission commenced today at 1302 Hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. Launch is scheduled tomorrow at 1502 Hrs IST.”

PSLV-C49 will launch EOS-01 as primary satellite along with nine international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota at 1502 Hrs, though the timings can be changed due to weather conditions, ISRO said in a statement.

The mission was scheduled for earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

EOS-01 is an earth observation satellite intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support, ISRO said. The customer satellites are being launched under commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space, it said.

The C49 mission is the 51st mission of the PSLV and the second to be undertaken in the DL configuration. DL configuration is the one in which only two 12-metre high strap-on boosters with 12 tonne propellant load are used instead of four.

The Indian Space agency will also launch the ‘Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)’ before December 2020 after tomorrow’s PSLV-C49 launch.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this time, there will be no gathering of media personnel during the launch and the launching gallery for guests will also be closed.