ISRO will be launching its next rocket launch with Google’s Sky Box Imaging satellite, for the first time a US satellite on its launch vehicle.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be launching Google’s satellite for GPS maps from its launchpad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix corporation has signed a contract with Google-owned Skybox to launch the 120-kg satellite as part of Google’s mega-plan to launch 180 micro satellites in the future to achieve better connectivity all over the world.
To be launched later this year, it will be launched as a co-passenger along with the main payload. The Skybox satellite will help Google to use high-resolution pictures of Earth in its Google Earth and other applications.
Google is exploring the possibility of using Skybox satellites to provide accurate, latest, real time images on Google maps with the help of Skybox, which it bought last year.