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Friday, 23 June 2017

ISRO’s PSLV-C38, carrying 31 satellites, lifts off from Sriharikota


Adding another feather in its cap, Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) workhorse rocket PSLV C-38 blasted off from the spaceport of Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite - a dedicated satellite for the defense forces - along with 30 co-passenger satellites.

Here is all you need to know about the launch- 
  1. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg.
  2. The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO).
  3. The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nanosatellite.
  4. PSLV-C38 was launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
  5. According to ISRO, the images sent by Cartosat satellite would be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features.
Important Takeaways from above News-
  • Chairman of ISRO is A S Kiran Kumar.
  • ISRO was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Satish Dhawan Space Centre is located in Sriharikota Andhra Pradesh.
Source- The Times of India



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