On January 24 the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will be launching an imaging satellite called Microsat-R with a student payload Kalamsat from Sriharikota Andhra Pradesh.
A statement on their website said: “The 46th flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) will launch Microsat-R and Kalamsat from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on January 24.”
India only has one Launchpad for its space shuttles, and it is located in Sriharikota, which is 90km northeast from Chennai.
PSLV is a four-stage space vehicle that has alternating liquid and solid stages. The PSLV with 2 strap-on configuration has been identified for this mission and the configuration is set as the PSLV-DL. The PSLV-C44 is the first mission of the PSLV-DL and is a new variant of the PSLV.
PS4, also known as the fourth of the vehicle is set to be moved to a higher orbit so it can establish and platform for the experiments it will be carrying.
Kalamsat (the student payload), will be the first one to use PS4 as its orbital platform.