Indian Space Agency Launches 31 Satellites in Single Mission

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

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He told mediapersons after the successful launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 series mission that the satellites included nine student ones made by some universities while hinting that they could not be counted in Isro's account.

The flight on Friday is the first since a rare mission failure on August 31 a year ago when a PSLV rocket did not release a protective heat shield that cocoons a rocket's satellite payloads from the high temperatures during the journey into space.

The PSLV-C40 successfully launched three satellites of India, besides 20 customer ones into designated orbit with textbook precision from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shar, Sriharikota in SPSR Nellore district on Friday.


The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has launched "Cartosat-2" series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellite at 9.28 a.m. ISRO has also adopted an optimum sequence so as to avoid any kind of collisions.

The fourth stage of the PSLV fired twice for short durations to achieve a polar orbit of 385km altitude in which India's Microsat separated.

In the video, the PSLV-C40 is seen placing the Cartosat-2 series satellite into sun-synchronous orbit.

Cartosat-2, weighing 710 kilograms, is one of the series of the same name and aims to provide high-resolution images of the Earth for cartographic applications, monitoring of the road network, use of coastal land and the regulation and management of public services. Sivan is set to take charge as the new Isro chairman by next week.


The satellites would be placed in their intended different orbits finally after manoeuvres from the space agency's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka, about 180 km from Bengaluru. The next launches are lined up and about 13 launches are planned this year.

Of 31 satellites, three are Indian and 28 are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the US.

The next mission of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark II was being assembled and is scheduled to be launched next month, Kumar added.


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