Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) satellite launching workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has lifted off successfully with eight satellites on Monday at 9:12 am.
Out of the eight, three are from India, three from Algeria, and one each are from Canada and the US. The vehicle was launched from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This is the maiden mission of PSLVwhere, it has launched its payloads into two different orbits.
The SCARSAT-1 is carried by PSLV-C35 for weather related studies, five foreign satellites and two satellites from Indian academic institutes to its orbits.
The launch vehicle carries around 675 kg, including the 371 kg SCATSAT-1, which will aid in giving weather forecasting services to the user communities through the generation of wind vector products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking. It is a continuity mission for the Oceansat-2 satellite, launched in 2009.
SCATSAT-1 will be launched into 730 kilometre polar Sun Synchronous Orbit inclined at an angle of 98.1 degree to the equator whereas the two Indian institutes satellites and five satellites abroad will be placed in a 689 km polar orbit of 98.21 degree inclination later, using the multiple burn technology.