Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite

C40 Successfully Launches Cartosat-2 Series Satellite

More than half of the micro and nano satellites were for the Unites States, and the remainder India, Canada, Finland, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

He told mediapersons after the successful launch of PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 series mission that the satellites included nine student ones made by some universities while hinting that they could not be counted in Isro's account.

With failure of the PSLV-C39 mission launched in August 31, fresh in their minds, the entire Isro team was glued to their computer systems at the Mission Control Room holding their breath as the PSLV zoomed into the space from India's spaceport.

Today's satellite launch took place after a failed launch four months before. The Indian microsatellite would be orbited after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage (following placement of the 30th satellite in its orbit), ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar said.

Isro's Telemetry Tracking and Command Network centre in Bangalore has begun tracking the satellites, the space agency said.About 16 minutes after lift-off, the PSLV had climbed into a position above Earth where its satellites would achieve a polar Sun synchronous orbit of 503km.

The 28 global customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of Isro and the worldwide customers.

Cartosat-2F carries panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras operating in Time Delay Integration mode and is capable of delivering high-resolution data. This was Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's (PSLV) longest-ever mission.

The 1st two satellites of this series were carried as co-passenger payloads by PSLV-C37 in February 2017. It was deployed in January 2007 and followed into orbit by the military Cartosat-2A in April 2008. Indian Nanosatellite 1C (INS-1C) is an 11-kilogram (25 lb) spacecraft which carries the Miniature Multispectral Technology Demonstration (MMX-TD) experiment, an imaging payload for ISRO's Space Applications Centre that will be used for mapping, vegetation monitoring and studies of aerosols and clouds in the atmosphere.

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