The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is scheduled to launch the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C54 on November 26 at 11:56 a.m. from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
The rocket includes Oceansat-3 and 9 payloads consisting of 8 nanosatellites. This will be PSLV’s 56th mission and its third launch in 2022, following the successful launches of C52 in February and C53 in June.
The seven nano-satellites aboard the PSLV come from a variety of aerospace companies and startups. Four of them belong to Seattle-based company Spaceflight USA, one to Swiss satellite communications company Astrocast and two to Hyderabad-based aerospace company Dhruva Space. In addition to this, the rocket will also carry a Bhutan satellite, BhutanSat.
Oceansat-3 is the fourth of five planned Earth observation satellites to be launched as part of the Oceansat series. Satellites are used to perform marine and atmospheric data collection.