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ISRO to launch 23 foreign satellites

MUMBAI: Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Indian space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has announced that India has signed up contracts to launch 23 foreign satellites soon.

“Out of 23 foreign satellites, two will go in two separate rockets. The remaining 21 satellites will piggy-back on bigger Indian satellite,” an Antrix official told IANS.

ISRO would soon be launching six Singapore satellites, weighing a total of around 660 kg, with the bigger of the six being an earth observation satellite, weighing 410 kg.

Two are micro-satellites, weighing 130 kg and 80 kg respectively, while the remaining three are nano-satellites, cumulatively weighing 30 kg.

Furthermore, ISRO will be launching five small satellites from the US before 2016 as a piggy-back luggage, the report said.

Antrix had signed with US parties to launch nine small satellites, of which four were launched on Monday as a piggy-back luggage with ASTROSAT, India’s first space observatory, it added.

India has launched 51 foreign satellites for a fee to date.