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A rocket carrying a satellite for the nation’s next generation of rocket scientists will take off from New Delhi on Monday to launch it on a 5 October launch from the capital.

India is expected to have its first satellite launch of the new satellite constellation by 2023, when a total of 13 are expected to launch.

The country will be the first to launch its own satellite constellation after the launch of China’s first, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will use the launcher to launch a 5.4 kg (10 lb) satellite called PSLV-C38 into an orbit of 1,094 km.

The PSLV rocket is the heaviest in the Indian space program, weighing about 1.4 tonnes (3.6 kg).