INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION (ISRO) achieved a milestone by launching eight satellites in two orbits with a single rocket on Monday. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV-C35) lifted off at 9:12am (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The vehicle carried 3 Indian satellites including the weather satellite Scatterometer Satellite-1 (SCATSAT-1), 3 of Algeria and one each of Canada and USA.
SCATSAT-1 has been dropped at an altitude of 730 km within 17 minutes of the takeoff and the remaining seven were dropped at an altitude of 689 km by PSLV within two hours of the SCATCAT launch. The process was expected to be completed in 2 hours and 15 minutes making it the longest mission for ISRO.
Moment of immense joy & pride for India. Congratulations to @isro on successful launch of PSLV-C35/SCATSAT-1 & 7 co-passenger satellites.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 26, 2016
SCATCAST-1 will be responsible for providing whether feeds, cyclone forecasting and will also help the tracking services of India. The life of the satellite is expected to be 5 years.
The details of the other seven satellites is as follows:
- PRATHAM: The satellite is made by students of IIT Bombay and will be responsible for studying electron count in space.
- PISAT: It is made by the students of PES University, Bangalore and will be responsible for providing images of Earth.
- The satellites from Algeria are Alsat 1B (agricultural and disaster monitoring), Alsat 2B (for providing images of Earth) and Alsat 1N.
- Pathfinder from USA and NLS-19 from Canada.
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26 September 2016