ISRO to launch ESA’s solar probe mission Proba-3

European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to deploy its experimental Project for On-Board Autonomy-3 (PROBA-3) mission. Proba-3 is the world’s first precision formation flying mission, in which a pair of satellites will adopt a fixed configuration in space, 144 m apart, while lined up with the Sun so that one satellite blocks out the brilliant solar disk for the other.