Toughest mission of ISRO, launches 8 satellites from PSLV-C35
Pratham and PISAT, co passengers, of PSLV-C35 have also been launched with the satellites. The co-passengers have been designed by students of IIT Bombay and PES University Bangalore respectively
Sriharikota: In its longest mission of 2 hours 15 minutes, Indian Space research Organisation ISRO, on Monday, has successfully launched eight satellites on Polar satellite launch vehicle PSLV-C35 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh that are to be placed into two different orbits.
The PSLV-C35 carries eight satellites including three from India and five from Algeria, Canada and United States out of which one satellite namely SCATSAT-1 has already been placed into first orbit.
Pratham and PISAT, co passengers, of PSLV-C35 have also been launched with the satellites. The co-passengers have been designed by students of IIT Bombay and PES University Bangalore respectively.
According to AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO, the major challenge was to place satellite from a single rocket into different orbits.The chairman stated." This is a challenging two-in-one mission which puts India in a unique.
- SCATSAT is an advanced weather forecasting satellite that would provide information regarding weather fluctuations including Cyclone detection and forecasting.
- Placed in the polar sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 730 kms, it will succeed the now defunct Oceansat-2 satellite launched in 2009.
- It is a 10-kg satellite developed by the students of Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. It will be placed in a sun-synchronous orbit around 670 km above the altitude of the earth.