PSLV-C44 / Kalamsat Launch Official Curtain Raiser by ISRO

A satellite by Students and Start-up to lift up on sky tonight.... Kalamsat is the world's lightest and smallest satellite built by a students' start-up from Chennai and is named after former President A P J Abdul Kalam. ISRO's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 46th flight, would lift off from the first launch pad at the SDSC in Sriharikota. The rocket launch was expected to happen at about 11.40pm on Thursday, January 24. PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL, a new variant of the 44.4 metre tall rocket equipped with two strap-on configuration. The launch vehicle is the new version of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle while it will be moved to a higher circular orbit for establishing an orbital platform and carry out experiments. Kalamsat, which is the first student satellite from ISRO, will be the first to use PS4 as orbital platform. The Kalamsat is a 10 cm cube nano-satellite weighing about 1.2 kg. The telecommunication satellite's life span is about two months and its cost is about Rs 12.00 lakh. Year of missions: While the PSLV-C44 mission will mark the beginning of the year for ISRO, the Indian space agency launched 17 launch vehicle missions and 9 spacecraft missions in the year 2018 while also demonstrating crew module for the GSLV Mk-III rocket. ISRO also launched the bnheaviest satellite built by the agency till date which was the GSAT-11.