ISRO 104 Satellite Launch
ISRO and India are feeling proud for launching most satellites through a single rocket on February 15, 2017, breaking the record of Russia that launched 37 satellites in a single mission in 2014.
ISRO’s Polar satellite launch vehicle PSLV-C37 completed its successful thirty-ninth flight by launching the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites yesterday from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
The Vehicle put 104 satellites in orbit from seven countries and the weight of the total satellites that the vehicle carried was 1378 Kg.
PSLV-C37 lifted off at 09:28 hrs (9:28 am) IST, from the First Launch Pad. After it covering a flight of 16 minutes 48 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 506 km and they inclined at an angle of 97.46 degrees to the equator ( it was very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding 12 minutes, all of the 104 satellites successfully got separated from the PSLV fourth stage in a predetermined sequence beginning from Cartosat-2 series satellite, and it was followed by INS-1 and INS-2.
The total number of Indian satellites that PSLV launched now stands at 46.
After the separation, Cartosat-2 series satellite’s two solar arrays were deployed automatically and ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) located at Bangalore, took control over the satellite.
In the coming days, this satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration and after that, it will begin to provide remote sensing services using its panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras.
Of the 103 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C37, two were ISRO Nano Satellite-1 (INS-1) weighing 8.4 kg and INS-2 weighing 9.7 kg and they are technology demonstration satellites from India.
The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites were international customer nanosatellites and they were from USA, Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Kazakhstan and UAE.
With yesterday’s successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from abroad launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 180.
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