Tuesday, April 3, 2012

PSLV to Launch French Remote Sensing Satellite – SPOT - 6

Posted by Neelam Mathews
April 3, 2012

A commercial Launch Services Agreement between Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO and ASTRIUM, was signed recently. Under this agreement, an advanced Remote Sensing satellite – SPOT -6 –  weighing nearly 800 kg, built by ASTRIUM, will be launched on-board ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), during the second half of 2012. Along with SPOT – 6 satellite, the PSLV, in its 'core alone' configuration, will also carry other co-passenger payloads.

This Launch Services Agreement signed between ANTRIX and ASTRIUM is a part of the Long Term Agreement signed between the two agencies in September 2008.

In November 2010, under a commercial contract between ANTRIX and ASTRIUM, an advanced communication satellite HYLAS was successfully built by ISRO and ASTRIUM together for a EUROPEAN customer.

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