comscore ISRO's PSLV-C40 successfully deploys Cartosat-2 into orbit

ISRO's PSLV-C40 successfully deploys Cartosat-2 into orbit

The Cartosat-2 is India's 100th satellite to orbit the Earth.

  • Updated: January 12, 2018 10:12 AM IST

India on Friday deployed a remote sensing Cartosat and 30 other satellites, including 28 from six nations into the earth’s orbit after a copybook launch from its spaceport. Also Read - Cryptocurrency regulation bill: How worried are Indian investors?

The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) roared into a clear sky after a perfect lift-off at 9.29 a.m. following a 28-hour countdown. Also Read - Indian mobile gaming market to shoot up to at least $5 billion by 2025: Report

The 320-tonne rocket would eject the satellites one-by-one and deploy them into the earth’s lower orbit 17 minutes and 18 seconds after the lift-off. Also Read - India's first virtual science lab launched for students: Here's what the govt wants to acheive with it

The spaceport is about 80 km northeast of Chennai off the Bay of Bengal coast.

Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.

The Indian satellites include the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for Earth observation as the primary satellite of the mission, along with co-passenger payloads, including 100 kg micro satellite and a 10 kg nano satellite.

Cartosat-2 series was the first to be separated from the rocket and injected into the sun synchronous orbit at 505km above the earth, followed by the 10 kg nano satellite and the 100 kg micro-sat in different orbits.

The Cartosat-2 series would orbit around the Earth for five years.

The micro satellite would be India’s 100th satellite in space around the earth’s orbit.

The first space mission in 2018 came four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country’s eighth navigation satellite in the earth’s lower orbit on August 31, 2017.

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  • Published Date: January 12, 2018 9:46 AM IST
  • Updated Date: January 12, 2018 10:12 AM IST

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