Sep 28, 2015
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India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty first flight (PSLV-C30),
launches 1513 kg AstroSat into a 650 km orbit of 6 deg inclination to the equator. Along with
AstroSat, six satellites from international customers viz., 76 kg LAPAN-A2 of Indonesia, 14 kg
(Ev9) of Canada and four identical LEMUR satellites of USA together weighing about 28 kg – launched
this PSLV flight.
PSLV-C30 successfully launched from First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC)
Sriharikota. PSLV-C30 is the tenth flight of PSLV in its 'XL' Configuration. The earlier nine
of PSLV-XL were
PSLV-C25/Mars Orbiter Spacecraft
The total payload weight of PSLV-C30 is 1631 kg.
International customer satellites of PSLV-C30
LAPAN-A2 is a Microsatellite from National Institute of Aeronautics and Space-LAPAN, Indonesia.
LAPAN-A2 is meant for providing maritime surveillance using Automatic Identification System (AIS),
supporting Indonesian radio amateur communities for disaster mitigation and carrying out Earth
surveillance using video and digital camera NLS-14 (Ev9), a Nanosatellite from Space Flight
Laboratory, University of Toronto Institute for Advanced
Studies (SFL, UTIAS), Canada. It is a maritime monitoring Nanosatellite using the next generation
Automatic Identification System (AIS).
Four LEMUR nano satellites from Spire Global, Inc. (San Francisco, CA), USA, are non-visual remote
sensing satellites, focusing primarily on global maritime intelligence through vessel tracking via
Automatic Identification System (AIS), and high fidelity weather forecasting using GPS Radio