In 2014, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) won widespread acclaim for its cheap-as-chips Mars Orbiter Mission.
Now the agency is gaining traction as a space delivery service for Western packages.
ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is set to lift off this month from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off on its 30th flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in the Bay of Bengal carrying satellites built in Britain.
The vehicle will be transporting three optical earth observation satellites built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).
The 1.5 ton total payload will also include a micro and “nano” satellite.
“India has established itself as an efficient commercial launch pad for foreign satellites. This is the heaviest payload for a commercial launch. A successful PSLV-C28 launch would give a big boost to Isro’s commercial launch capabilities,” Isro spokesman Deviprasad Karnik told the Times of India.
ISRO has previously delivered French satellites into space.
The British satellites will be used for a variety of jobs, including surveys of resources, managing urban infrastructure and disaster monitoring.
The international customer satellites are being launched as part of the arrangement between DMC International Imaging (DMCii), a wholly owned subsidiary of SSTL, UK and Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of ISRO.