India Ramps Up Global Space Program
India in Space
India's PSLV - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - is going to put into orbit 2, foreign satellites on September 16. The satellites are both from the United Kingdom. They are the NovaSAR and the S14. The launch underscores India's growing importance in the exploration and commercialization of space.
India is a global force in breakthrough innovation and it's becoming a growing leader in the race to space. It just finalized an agreement with France to partner on technology and space medicine for the manned space flights that India is planning.
UK Launch and Mission
The launch of the 2 satellites is for commercial purposes. The satellites belong to Surry Satellite Technologies of the UK. They are earth observation satellites. Their mission in space is to map forests, land use and ice cover. They will also monitor flooding and any other disasters.