ISRO maintains success in cluster satellite launches

ISRO maintains success in cluster satellite launches


ISRO maintains success in cluster satellite launches


Sriharikota:  Recording its 39th consecutive successful launch, Indian workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) hurled into sun synchronous orbit 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 copassenger spacecraft from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here. PSLV-C38 lifted off at 0929 hrs from the First Launch Pad. After a flight of about 16 minutes, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 505 km inclined at an angle of 97.44 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding seven and a half minutes, all the 31 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV in a predetermined sequence beginning with Cartosat-2 series satellite, followed by NIUSAT and 29 customer satellites. With today's success the total number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 48, while the number of spacecraft for customers abroad had reached 209. Commenting on the launch ISRO Chairman A S Kirankumar said the launch has proved that India could be a reliable launcher. He said GSAT 19, carrying high beam Ku and Ka band transponders had been declared operational. The three tonne satellite was launched indigenously from by the first developmental flight of next generation heavy lift GSLV-MkIII launcher. GSAT 17, another communication satellite would be launched by an Ariane five launch vehicle from Kourou in French Guyana on June 28, he added. Prime Minister in a tweet also congratulated the space scientists for their sucess. ISRO in a release said after separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were deployed automatically and ISRO's Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide various remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras. One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was the 15 kg NIUSAT, a University/Academic Institute satellite from Nurul Islam University, Tamil Nadu, India. The remaining 29 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (10), United Kingdom (3), Belgium (3), Italy (3), Austria (1), Chile (1), Czech Republic (1), Finland (1), France (1), Germany (1), Japan (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1) and Slovakia (1).

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