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Chandrayaan 2- First Mission in World Near the South Pole; Likely to be Launched in January 2019

After the successful launch of the 31 satellites by PSLV C-42 on Sunday, ISRO is now planning to launch the second lunar mission-Chandrayaan 2, in January 2019.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 44th consecutive success launch, placed two UK satellites NovaSAR and S1-4 in Earth’s orbit. Elated over this success of ISRO mission, Mr. K. Sivan, Chairman of ISRO said “Within the next six months, 10 satellite missions and eight launch vehicle missions would be launched – one every two weeks.”

On Sunday evening, the ISRO successfully launched PSLV C-42 into orbit carrying two international satellites — Nova SAR and S1-4 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The two earth observation satellites have been developed by Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL), the United Kingdom under a commercial arrangement with Antrix Corporation Limited, Department of Space.

Both the British satellites that weigh around 889 kilograms, were launched into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit.

NovaSAR is an S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use, ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring. S1-4 is a high-resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for disaster monitoring.