India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, made it’s forty second flight successfully launching on Friday, Jan 12, 2018 at 09:28 Hrs. PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission has taken off from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota Island. Cartosat-2 Series weighs 710 kg, and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 613 kg at lift-off.
Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle performed brilliantly and all the nano satellites separated from the vehicle including Cartosat into the earth’s orbit
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 total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.
The 28 International customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and the International customers.
Watch the Launch video of PSLV-C40:
Its uses include monitoring urban and rural applications, coastal land use regulation, managing services like road networks and water distribution, detecting changes in geographical features and creation of land use maps. The flight is the first since the setback suffered by the PSLV in August last and is set to demonstrate that the workhorse rocket is back in the game for reliable satellite launches in the low earth and polar orbits.
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