PSLV which India’s most trustworthy and dependable Rocket launcher is back after a failure in August and it is launching a Cartosat-2 series remote sensing satellite along with 30 others from the Satish Dhawan Space Center SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The satellite was launched at 9:29 am from the first launchpad. After a flight of duration 16 minutes 37 seconds, the satellites reached the polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 503 km inclined at an angle of 97.55 degree to the equator.
The year 2018 begins with the success of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). According to ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar, all the satellites have been released successfully. He also stated that the Cartosat is performing really well till now.
Interestingly, PSLV-C40 which is 710 kg Cartosat series is the main satellite and it is the seventh in a constellation of similar remote sensing satellite that ISRO has launched in space. All the satellites have inbuilt cameras to take pictures of the earth, as these pictures are used for a various land information like urban and rural planning, mapping, laying pipelines and monitoring geographical assets.
The other 30 satellites, out of which 28 are taken from different countries like Cannada, Finland, France, Korean Republic, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) and combinedly weigh 613 kg. These foreign satellites were launched by ISRO under commercial agreement.
After this successful launch, ISRO has placed 237 foreign satellites from 28 countries in space also with a world record feat last year when 104 satellites were placed in orbit at one time.
The remaining two payload of Indian origin were a microsatellite in about 100 kg class and an 11 kg nano satellite. The microsatellite was released in the lower orbit but it was only possible after the release of other satellites in the 505-km Sun Synchronous Orbit, the orbital height height of the PSLV was brought down to ensure that the microsatellites is placed properly.
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