PSLV-C38 rocket carrying Cartosat-2 and other satellites had a successful take off on Friday morning.
The rocket blasted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.29 am as scheduled. This will be the seventeenth flight of PSLV in the 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
The 28-hour countdown operation for the PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series satellite mission started on Thursday at 05:29 hours IST after the mission readiness review committee and launch authorisation board cleared the countdown on Wednesday.
This is the 40th flight of Isro's workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV-C38 is carrying the 712-Kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 243 Kg at lift-off, into a 505-Km Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.
The primary cargo, the Cartosat-2 series satellite, is a remote sensing satellite.
The co-passenger satellites comprise 30 nano satellites from India and 14 other countries — Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The total weight of all the satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 Kg.
The 30 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of commercial arrangements with Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), Isro's commercial arm.
India's space success 'limited achievement' still lagging behind China, reports Chinese Media newsreporter.in
A Chinese state-run newspaper in an editorial Thursday said India's record of sending 104 satellites into space was "a limited achievement", with India's space programme still lagging behind China's successes in its manned space programme.
India on Wednesday launched a record 104 satellites on a single rocket, which followed the Mars orbiter mission, which also garnered attention in China. The Chinese government described the Mars orbiter mission as "the pride of Asia" and said it would be keen to work more closely with India on space projects.
The ISRO(Indian Space And Research Organisation) today set the world record after it successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission from the space center at Sriharikota Andhra Pradesh.
Rocket PSLV-C37 is ISRO's 39th mission, this is the heaviest version of PSLV.
ISRO satellite launch live updates: PSLV-C37 rocket achieves orbit after successful lift off from Sriharikota | The Indian Express indianexpress.com
ISRO satellite launch: At 9,28 am on Wednesday, PSLV-37 successfully lifted off from the spaceport at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh..