PSLV-C38 Successfully Launches 31 Satellites in a Single Flight
Release/PSLV-C38 Successfully Launches 31 Satellites
ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg
Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today (June
23, 2017) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR,
Sriharikota. This is the thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV.
PSLV-C38 lifted off at 0929 hrs (9:29 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch
Pad. After a flight of about 16 minutes, the satellites achieved a polar Sun
Synchronous Orbit of 505 km inclined at an angle of 97.44
degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding
seven and a half minutes, all the 31 satellites successfully separated from the
PSLV in a predetermined sequence beginning with Cartosat-2
series satellite, followed by NIUSAT and 29 customer satellites. The total
number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 48.
After separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were
deployed automatically and ISRO's Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network
(ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. In the coming
days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration
following which it will begin to provide various remote sensing services using
its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras.
One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was the 15 kg NIUSAT,
a University/Academic Institute satellite from Nurul Islam University, Tamil
Nadu, India. The remaining 29 co-passenger satellites carried were
international customer satellites from USA (10), United Kingdom (3), Belgium
(3), Italy (3), Austria (1), Chile (1), Czech Republic (1), Finland (1), France
(1), Germany (1), Japan (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1) and Slovakia (1).
With today’s successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from
abroad placed in orbit by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 209.