The PSLV-C42 rocket on the launch pad which will blast off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in a short while from now

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the countdown for the launch began at 1.08 pm on Saturday and is progressing smoothly. The rocket will blast off at 10.08 pm in a short while from now. Two satellites aboard the PSLV belong to Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK, under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corp Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO.

According to ISRO, the two earth observation satellites will be launched into a 583 km sun synchronous orbit. The total flight duration of the 44.4s metre tall, 230.4-ton PSLV rocket will be about 17 minutes 44 seconds.

NovaSAR weighing 445 kg is a S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring. S1-4 weighing 444 kg is a high resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for disaster monitoring.

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