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ISRO again delays launching SARAL, Canadian satellites

It appears that the Indian-French satellite SARAL and its co-passenger Canadian defense satellites will have to wait until February, according to an announcement by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

ISRO announced this January 4 that it discovered an issue in the SARAL satellite during a thermo-vacuum testing. It decided to move the launch date from January 12 to mid-February in order to correct the issue.

SARAL is the primary payload of the ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C20 vehicle. The secondary payload are Canadian-built satellites: the NEOSSat space telescope, tasked with watching near-Earth asteroids; the Sapphire military satellite, which will upgrade the surveillance capabilities of the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND); and the CanX-3b (TUGSAT-1) and CanX-3a (UniBRITE) nanosatellites, the last two having been built by the Institute for Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory of the University of Toronto to perform photometric observationsof the brightest stars in the night sky for variability.

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