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ISRO successfully plants Cartosat-2 with 30 nano satellites in orbit

ISRO's PSLV-C38 all set for launchNew Delhi: After establishing a pioneering position in the world with its game-changing space program, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has certainly made its mark as one of the front-runners in the space race. Now at par with and giving tough competition to its global counterparts, ISRO has a lot in its kitty to contribute to space research. With its last successful venture of launching India’s heaviest rocket – the GSLV Mark-III – earlier this month, the Indian space agency today flagged off its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites. Launched aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C38 (PSLV) from Sriharikota at 9:29 am, the rocket’s XL variant carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites together weigh about 955 kg.

As it happened

  • Mission Director B. Jayakumar confirms separation of all 31 satellites in orbit.
  • The success of the mission as well as the success of future missions will be possible due to the gracious contributions to our space counterparts: Mission Director B. Jayakumar
  • “PSLV can carry off any mission and a huge number of satellites,” says Mission Director B. Jayakumar in his address after the successful launch.
  • ISRO’s PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission takes off for its destined orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota; lift-off declared normal.
  • Mission Director B. Jayakumar gives his authorisation to proceed with the launch, which is based on the readiness of the vehicle.
  • Propellant filling operations of Second Stage (PS2) are completed. Countdown is progressing normally.
  • The 28-hour countdown operation of PSLV-C38/Cartosat2 Series Satellite Mission started on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 05:29 hr IST
  • This will be the seventeenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
  • The Indian nano satellite 15 kg NIUSAT belongs to Nooral Islam University, Tamil Nadu. The satellite will provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.
  • The 29 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers.
  • The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nano satellite.

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