India’s PSLV rocket, anticipating competition from small rockets, demonstrates tailored-orbit capability

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS – India’s PSLV rocket, expanding its operational flexibility, flew to three different orbits to drop off an Indian electronics-intelligence satellite, 28 smallsats for international customers including Planet and Spire, and then using the rocket’s fourth stage as an orbital platform to operate three Indian payloads.

Operating from the second launch pad at India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center SHAR, the PSLV-C45 mission was also PLSV’s first use of its QL variant with four solid strap-on boosters. Previous missions have employed the configurations of zero, two and six strap . . .

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