ISRO’s New Achievement PSLV-C38 places Cartosat-2s and 30 nanosatellites.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). PSLV-C38 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the seventeenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nanosatellites from 14 countries namely, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as one Nanosatellite (NIUSAT) from India. The total weight of all these satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 kg.
The 29 International customer Nanosatellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS) and the commercial arm of ISRO and the International customers.
PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission was launched on June 23, 2017, from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
10.10 am: PSLV-C38 successfully puts Cartosat-2 Series and 30 other satellites into orbit, says ISRO
10.00 am: All 31 satellites have been successfully separated: ISRO
9.43 am: According to ISRO, the performance of PSLV-C38 has been norm
9.29 am: PSLV-C38, carrying 31 satellites, has been launched.
9.24 am: This will be the 40th flight of PSLV and the 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors). PSLV-C38 will carry satellites weighing a total of about 955 kg.
9.22 am: Cartosat-2, the primary satellite which would be launched, is a remote sensing satellite that is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery.