PSLV places Cartosat-2 and 30 small satellites into the orbit

RSTV Bureau

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 small co-passenger satellites into Orbit using its ace Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle -C38 on Friday from Shriharikota.

 ISRO's heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III, carrying communication satellite GSAT-19, takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

ISRO’s heaviest rocket GSLV Mk-III, carrying communication satellite GSAT-19, takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

The 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together, weighing about 243 kg sent to a 505-km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit from the first launchpad in Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh  at 09.29 hrs.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nano satellites belong to 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America besides a Nano satellite from India.

This was the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of hundreds of scientists involved in the mission and wished ISRO more success in future launches.

The space agency said the 29 international customer Nano satellites launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and International customers.

Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery