The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the PSLV-C38 rocket today at 9:29 AM. The rocket carrying Cartosat-2 series satellites and 30 co-passenger satellites was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota. As ISRO completes another successful launch, here are five important things you need to know about today s mission. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questionedAlso Read - Today's Google doodle is all about India's 'satellite man': Here's all you need to know
PSLV s 40th flight
With the launch of the PSLV-C38, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has completed its 40th flight in total and 17th in XL configuration.
Cartosat-2 series satellite
India s Cartosat-2 series satellite is the PSLV-C38 rocket s main cargo weighing 712 kg. The Cartosat-2 series satellite s main objective is to provide high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery. The images sent by this satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road networking monitoring, and water distribution. The images will also help in bringing out geographical and manmade features and, other Land Information System (LIS), Geographical Information System (GIS) applications. ALSO READ: ISRO rocket lifts off with Cartosat, 30 other satellites
Cartosat-2 series satellite can spot very small objects
The Cartosat-2 series satellite can spot very small objects as it has a resolution of 0.6 meters. ISRO says that the satellite can identify objects like terrorist camps and bunkers, thereby helping defense surveillance. The satellite is also very agile meaning it can take specific pictures of particular areas. ALSO READ: Cartosat satellite to be used to check illegal mining
30 co-passenger satellites comprises of 29 foreign satellites
The 29 nano co-passenger satellites come from 14 countries of Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the UK and the US. The 29 foreign satellites were launched under agreements made between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), India s Department of Space (DOS), and the commercial of ISRO and the respective countries.
The lone Indian co-passenger satellite, NIU SAT
Amongst the 30 co-passenger satellites, one is an Indian satellite belonging to Tamil Nadu s Nooral Islam University. The 15kg NIU SAT satellite is India s first private disaster management and warning satellite. ALSO READ: ISRO s GSLV-Mk III rocket successfully lifts off with GSAT-19 satellite
ISRO s new record
With today s launch of the PSLV-C38 rocket, ISRO has now completed 90 successful spacecraft missions. ALSO READ: ISRO s GSLV Mk-III: 6 lesser known facts about India s heaviest rocket launch