All You Need to Know about ISRO’s Successful Launch of 42nd PSLV

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 42nd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The PSLV-C40 is to place 31 satellites, originating from seven countries, across two orbits.

Its primary payload was the fourth satellite in the advanced remote sensing Cartosat-2 series. The satellite’s design life is five years. ISRO successfully sent up a rocket carrying India’s 100th satellite along with 30 others.
Important Facts About the Launched Satellite- 
  1. The 30 other satellites include two other satellites from India and 28 satellites from six countries –Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  2. This was done through what scientists call the “multiple burn technology” under which the rocket’s engine is switched off and then switched on to control its height.
  3. The 710-kg earth observation satellite the PSLV is carrying the third in the Cartosat 2 series. The last satellite of the series had been launched successfully in June 2016.
  4. ISRO’s workhorse PSLV rocket weighs nearly 320 tonnes and stands up to 44.4 meters, equivalent to a 15-storey building.
Static/Current Takeaways Important for IBPS Clerk Mains 2017 Exam-
  • Rocket scientist Sivan K was recently appointed as the 9th chairman of ISRO.
  • ISRO was established in 1969.
  • Founder and 1st Chairman of ISRO- Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai, Headquarters in- Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Source- The Hindu

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