In its longest ever mission spread over two hours, India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV on Monday successfully launched eight satellites, including the country’s SCATSAT-1 and five satellites from other nations, in two different orbits to achieve another milestone.
Besides SCATSAT-1, the other satellites which were injected in orbit were two Indian university satellites, PRATHAM and PISAT, three from Algeria– ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N and one each from the US and Canada–Pathfinder-1 and NLS-19.
“Mission life of the satellite is five years, SCATSAT-1 will provide data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users,” said ISRO
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO scientists on the successful launch of advanced weather satellite SCSAT-1 and 7 other satellites, saying their “innovative zeal” has made India proud worldwide.
“Moment of immense joy & pride for India. Congratulations to ISRO on successful launch of PSLV-C35/SCATSAT-1 and 7 co-passenger satellites,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.
“Our space scientists keep scripting history. Their innovative zeal has touched the lives of 125 crore Indians & made India proud worldwide”, he said.
ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar congratulated the scientists and described the achievement as a landmark and said data from SCATSAT would be made available within 180 minutes.