The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully today launched earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV rocket’s XL variant was lifted off at 9.29 am from the Sriharikota rocket port.
Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite with the resolution of 0.6 meters which can spot even smaller objects within a square of 0.6 m by 0.6 m. The ISRO official succinctly defined it thus: High-resolution scene-specific spot imagery.
The previous satellite in the series, which had a resolution of 0.8 meters, took images that helped India carry out its precise strikes on seven terror camps across the Line of Control last year.
The 29 international nano satellites are being launched as between ISRO‘s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation and 14 international customers. These customers are Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US.
Once this satellite becomes operational, it would be handed over to the defense forces, which have their own infrastructure, which includes ground stations, and trained manpower to access.
At a Glance
- The 30 satellites together weighed 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said.
- The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505 km polar sun sunchronous orbit (SSO).
- The co-passenger satellites comprised 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.
- The 29 international customer nano satellites were being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO‘s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation and the international customers.
- The Indian space agency had early today said propellant filling operations were under progress.
- 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.
- PSLV-C38 was launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9.29 am, said ISRO.
- This will be the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight ofPSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-onmotors).