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Indian startup Pixxel will now launch from India, not from Russia as initially planned India News

BENGALURU: Pixxel, an Indian startup seeking to launch a constellation of satellites to make satellite imagery available for a variety of applications, will launch its first satellite on an Indian launch vehicle, and a contract was signed for it on Thursday. .
Pixxel had previously partnered with Russia for launch later this year, but has now decided to launch a PSLV rocket from the Isro spaceport in Sriharikota. Sources in Isro said the launch will be scheduled primarily in February. “The modalities are being worked out,” said one of them.
Isro President K Sivan told TOI: “This is the second of two agreements we have signed with startups after the Center gave the go-ahead to create IN-SPACe. While the agreement with Agnikul Cosmos is to help them build a launch vehicle, the contract with Pixxel is to launch their first satellite. You will see more such initiatives in the coming months. ”
Sivan did not comment on when the Pixxel launch is likely to happen. The TOI first reported on the confidentiality agreement with Agnikul, which is building Agnibaan, a launch vehicle capable of carrying up to 100 kg to orbits around 700 km high, accessing low and high inclination orbits and is fully mobile, designed to access more than 10 launch ports.
Founded by Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal, both just 22 years old now, Pixxel is a Bengaluru registered company. In August, it raised $ 5 million, which it plans to use to put 24 small satellites in space. Ahmed had previously told TOI that the opportunities are plentiful and that startups can make the most of what lies ahead.
The Center approved earlier this year the creation of IN-SPACe, India’s new regulatory and licensing body under the Department of Science, and both Isro and private industry believe this will usher in a new era of technologies. space.
As TOI reported last month, the government has since approved the manpower for IN-SPACe and the DoS has also recommended three names for its chairmanship, which have been sent to the PMO.

Times of India