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ISRO to launch nearly 30 satellites in March

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New Delhi, Mar 05: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the DRDO in March.

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ISRO will also launch 28 third-party satellites and demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket in March. He, however, did not give a specific date.

"It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes," K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS.

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EMISAT is an advanced electronic intelligence (ELINT) satellite jointly developed by ISRO-DRDO. It has a basic architecture similar to HySIS (based on Small Satellite Bus-2) which was first used in SARAL satellite.

In January, the space agency launched a defence imaging satellite Microsat R for the DRDO.

On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March it will have four strap-on motors.

The space agency has two more PSLV variants -Core Alone, which does not have any strap-on motors and PSLV-XL, which is a larger rocket.

Further, ISRO will be launching two more defence satellites in July or August 2019 with its new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

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