Kleos Space S.A has announced that the Kleos Scouting Mission launching on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C49 Mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range in India (SHAR) is being targeted during the 1st half of November 2020.
The Company is launching the Scouting satellites under a rideshare contract with Spaceflight Inc, with the launch managed by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under Department of Space.
The Kleos’ Scouting Mission four satellites have been mission-ready since the middle of 2019, and were shipped to the launch site during February 2020, anticipating the launch during March 2020. Delay to the launch from March 2020 has been due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The Company has been informed (by NSIL via Spaceflight Inc.) that the launch of the four Kleos satellites planned on-board PSLV-C49 mission is being targeted during the 1st half of November 2020, based on the current status of planning of activities. This schedule is subject to change due to operational circumstances beyond NSIL control.
In due course, NSIL via Spaceflight Inc. will confirm the exact launch date once the activities at the launch base progress successfully.