India successfully launches 31 satellites, along with Cartosat-2

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Jan 12: India on Friday successfully launched a remote sensing Cartosat, along with 30 other satellites  from its spaceport here, on Friday. 

The co-passenger satellites comprise one Microsatellite and one Nanosatellite from India as well as 3 Microsatellites and 25 Nanosatellites from six countries, namely, Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK and USA.

The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) roared into a clear sky after a perfect lift-off at 9.29 a.m. after a 28-hour countdown.

The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is around1323 kg.

The polar rocket would eject the satellites one-by-one and deploy them into the earth’s lower orbit about 17 minutes and 18 seconds after the lift-off.

Cartosat-2 series was the first to be separated from the rocket and injected into the sun synchronous orbit at 505km above the earth, followed by the 10 kg nano satellite and the 100 kg micro-sat in different orbits.

The Cartosat-2 series would orbit around the Earth for five years.

With this launch, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) completed a century.

The first space mission in 2018 came four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country’s eighth navigation satellite in the earth’s lower orbit on August 31 last year.


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