The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C-15 carrying remote sensing Cartosat-2B along with four satellites blasted off from the spaceport near Sriharikota on Monday morning. The four-stage 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C-15 lifted off at the end of a 51-hour countdown from the Satish Dhawan space centre
at 9.22 AM.
The rocket soared into skies in clear weather leaving behind plumes of smoke.
It will place four satellites into orbit, including Alsat from Algeria, two nano satellites from Canada and Switzerland, and a pico (very small) satellite Studsat built by seven engineering students of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
India’s space agency ISRO on Monday successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket that slung into orbit five satellites, including the advanced high resolution cartography satellite Cartosat-2B. "I am extremely happy to say PSLV 16 was a successful flight. All the satellites
were injected precisely," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Radhakrishnan said.
ISRO’s 230 tonne PSLV – standing 44 metres tall – soared towards the heavens from the spaceport here, about 80 km north of Chennai. The five satellites together weigh 819 kg.
Apart from its main cargo – the Cartosat-2B weighing 694 kg – the other satellites that the rocket put into orbit are the Algerian remote sensing satellite Alsat-2A (116 kg), two nano satellites (NLS 6.1 AISSAT-1 weighing 6.5 kg built by the University of Toronto, Canada and one kg NLS 6.2 TISAT built by University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland) and STUDSAT, a pico satellite weighing less than one kg, built jointly by students of seven engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Twenty minutes after blast off, the rocket first released Cartosat-2B followed by Alsat-2A and the three small satellites. Canada and Switzerland, and a pico (very small) satellite Studsat built by seven engineering students of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
News Collected from Hindustantimes.