PTIJun 23, 2017 07:16:48 IST
The 28-hour countdown for the launch of the Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh began at 5.29 am on 22 June, 2017.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), would launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 0920 hours tomorrow, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
The total weight of all these satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 kg. The co-passenger satellites, comprise 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America besides a Nano satellite from India.
PSLV-C38 will be launched from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. This will be the 40th flight of PSLV and the 17th flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors). The space agency said the 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of ISRO and international customers.
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