Cartosat-2 series carrying 30 Nano satellites launched by ISRO today

India on Friday launched its Cartosat-2 series satellite  comprising 30 Nano satellites for earth observation from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The launch vehicle, PSLV-C38 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle)  took off 712 kg Cartosat-2 together with its 30 co-passenger satellites weighing roughly 243 kg into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit  at 9.20 am today.

The combined weight of 31 satellites totaled to 955 kg.

This will be PSLV’s 40th flight. Around 16 minutes after lift-off, the rocket placed its payload – Cartosat-2 series satellite – in orbit.

The space agency said that there were 29 satellites from international customers that were ejected into their orbits today.  The consignment , it said, was part of commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, Antrix  Corporation Limited(Antrix) and international customers.

Apart from one satellite belonging to India, 29 other nano satellites came from 13 other  countries  namely Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, UK and US.
Today’s is the satellite launch in Cartosat-2 series.

Cartost-2 is a remote sensing satellite similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the same series missioned to provide high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.

One of the Nano satellites ferried today was made by students of Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

Today’s launch marks the second highest number of payloads in a single flight. ISRO on Deb 15 had launched 104 satellites on board PSLV-37

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