A Sun-synchronous orbit will be taken by suitcase-sized NEOSSat
, once it reaches about 800 km and point its 15 cm Maksutov telescope between 45 and 49 degrees from our planet in the search for asteroids and possibly comets.
Besides SARAL, two micro-satellites-UniBRITE and BRITE from Austria, USAT3 from Denmark, STRaND from United Kingdom, Micro-satellite NEOSSat
and Mini-satellite SAPPHIRE from Canada, were launched from the spaceport on Monday evening.
One of the Canadian satellites is NEOSSAT
or the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite which the Canadian space agency calls "the world's first space telescope dedicated to detecting and tracking asteroids and satellites".