The country''s first dedicated commercial rocket will
fly from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota
on 23rd April 3.30 pm with the 350kg Italian satellite
Indian Space Research Organisation''s workhorse Polar
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C8) will place Agile
on equatorial orbit to conduct X-ray and Gamma ray astronomical
piggyback will be India''s advanced avionic module (AAM)
as the secondary payload. As the total payload will
be just 535kg the PSLV C8 will be thrust upwards by
its core motor alone. There will not be six strap on
motors carrying 10kg fuel- the normal configuration
of PSLV. As a consequence the launch vehicle costs around
Rs68 crore against the usual Rs80 crore.
Agile launch has been arranged by the German launch
company, Cosmos International, while the satellite is
owned by the Italian Space Agency.