PSLV-C38 today blasted off from the spaceport here carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite – a dedicated satellite for the defense forces – along with 30 co-passenger satellites.
The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is about 955 kg.
A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C38, placed earth observation satellite Cartosat-2s+ and 30 nano satellites, including 29 from 14 different countries, in their respective orbits.
The 29 international nano satellites launched are part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and 14 international customers.
These customers are Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US.
The Indian nano satellite, the 15 kg NIUSAT, belongs to Tamil Nadu’s Nooral Islam University. It will provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.
Around 16 minutes after lift-off, the rocket placed its main payload -Cartosat-2 Series Satellite– in orbit. The satellite is the sixth in the Cartosat-2 series.
India’s ‘eye in the sky’ is set to become sharper and wider with the launch of a third spacecraft in Cartosat-2 series.
The previous satellite in the series had a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it took on India’s neighbourhood had helped New Delhi carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control last year, ISRO sources said.
The latest remote sensing satellite has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot even smaller objects.
This is the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
Cartosat-2 series satellite, the primary satellite of the mission is a remote sensing satellite. It is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery.