NEW DELHI: A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off on Monday at 9:12 with eight satellites on board, 320-tonne rocket carrying eight satellites blasted off from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh. Over the course of two hours, satellites will be deployed at different orbits. Typically, a launch takes place in less than 20 minutes.
ISRO launches PSLV’s longest flight SCATSAT-1 related to information for ocean and weather study. This launch is said to be ISRO’s longest mission spread over two hours and fifteen minutes.
The rocket carries five foreign and three Indian satellites. Three are from Algeria namely Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg, and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and the US (Pathfinder-44kg).
Later, the PSLV C35 injected 7 other satellites, including 3 from Algeria and one each from US and Canada, in different orbit.
SCATSAT-1, the primary satellite, is meant for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking. It is a “continuity” mission for the Ku-band scatterometer payload carried by SCATSAT-1, which has enhanced features compared to a similar one carried by Oceansat-2 satellite in 2009, ISRO said.
The two Indian satellites- PRATHAM’s (10 kg) objective is to estimate Total Electron Count and PISAT’s (2.25 kg) mission is to design and develop a nanosatellite for remote sensing applications. The foreign satellites on board the PSLV are ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N from Algeria and Pathfinder-1 and NLS-19, from USA and Canada, respectively.The two academic satellites are PRATHAM, from IIT, Bombay, and PISAT, from BES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.
After launching PSLVC-35, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated ISRO for successful launch of PSLV-C 35. The launch vehicle is carrying eight satellites, from Alegira, US, Canada and India