Heaviest satellite launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. into space at 447 kg
A commercial satellite, DMC 3-1 is operated by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of United Kingdom for the purpose of earth observation (Optical Imaging).
Constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (UK), it was launched into space using PSLV as the launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 10 July 2015. DMC 3-1 orbits around the Earth as a sun-synchronous LEO satellite.
Designed with an operational lifetime of 10 years, DMC 3-1 has a launch mass of 447 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2015-032A and NORAD ID 40715.
Taking 98 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 636km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 663km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 1.92E-03 and it orbits at an inclination of 98 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.