India to put Military satellite into space

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India to put Military satellite into space

CHENNAI - The first mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 2019 will put Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO's) Microsat-R satellite into the outerspace on Thursday.

The satellites will be carried onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-44 from the spaceport of Sriharikota at 11:37 pm IST. This will be the 46th flight of ISRO's workhorse PSLV. The 16-hour countdown began Wednesday, informed ISRO in a tweet.

"The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C44 mission started today at 19:37 hrs (IST) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch is scheduled at 23:37 Hrs IST on 24th January 2019," a mission update by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

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PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL, a new variant of the 44.4 metre tall rocket equipped with two strap-on configuration, ISRO said.

"In this mission, the fourth stage (PS4) of PSLV-C44 will be moved to higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments," the ISRO said.