The PSLV-C40 was carrying a total of 31 satellites, including the Cartosat-2 series satellite which was the primary payload and 30 other satellites.
Once in space, the heat shield separates like a blooming flower with two petals, and deploys the satellite housed within into its intended orbit.
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Thursday’s failure is only the first one involving a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) in 24 years.
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The launch will take place from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on 31 August at 18:59 Hrs.
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According to ISRO, the PSLV-C39 will involve a rocket with a lift-off mass of 321 tonnes. It will take 19.5 minutes to place the satellite into sub-GTO.
The Indian space agency said NavIC is also used for other applications like location-based services, survey and alignment, time synchronised services
The launch is scheduled to take place on 31 August at 18:59 Hrs from SDSC SHAR (Satish Dhawan Space Centre).
The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India on par with US-based GPS.