ISRO PSLV-C38 launch LIVE: All 31 satellites have separated, the mission is a complete success

At 9.29 am today, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will launch the PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to put 31 satellites into orbit.

At 9.29 am today, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will launch the PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to put 31 satellites into orbit. The launch will happen from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The workhorse of the Indian space program, the PSLV has proven to be India’s most reliable, space worthy rocket.

The rocket will carry satellites from all over the world, including satellites from Austria, Chile, Germany, Japan, UK and USA. In total, the payload to be taken to orbit weighs in at 955 kg.

The rocket will be launched in an ‘XL’ configuration and will be its 40th launch since it was put into service.

The primary mission of the satellite is to put a CartoSat 2 series satellite into orbit. The most recent satellite in the series was launched on the PSLV-C37 mission, which placed a record-breaking 104 satellites into orbit on 15 February, 2017.

Another Indian satellite on board the rocket is the NIUSAT MARK I, a 15 kg satellite from the Noorul Islam University. This satellite features an RGB multispectral camera and a short-wave infrared camera. It will support disaster relief operations.

Eight of the remaining satellites are part of the QB50 swarm of cubesats which will be launched in a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 500 km.

ISRO will stream the launch live on YouTube from 9.00 am. You can also follow our liveblog below for updates.

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    • 10:13 (IST)

      The launch event has concluded successfully. Thank you all for joining us for the Isro launch.

    • 10:12 (IST)

      A.S. Kiran Kumar, the Chairman of Isro takes on the stage to talk about the launch. He points out at a launch scheduled for 28 June.

    • 10:10 (IST)

      M.A.Sadananda Rao, the Satellite Director takes the stage to congratulate everyone for the success of the launch event.

    • 10:06 (IST)

      Director of SAC, Tapan Misra takes on the stage to detail how they made the launch vehicle.

    • 10:03 (IST)

      He points out at a network between all the universities across the globe for future satellites.

    • 10:01 (IST)

      Dr M Annadurai, the Director of ISAC takes on stage to highlight previous missions.
    • 10:00 (IST)

      All 31 satellites have separated successfully.

    • 09:59 (IST)

      He further details that Isro will reach 8-10 launches per year in the near future.

    • 09:58 (IST)

      ISSU Director has taken the stage to thank the Isro staff and academics who helped with their contributions.

    • 09:55 (IST)

      B.Jayakumar, the mission director is recapping all the features and important innovations that Isro as achieved in the launch.

    • 09:53 (IST)

      Director for SDSC - SHAR, P. Kunhikrishnan is congratulating everyone for their work.

    • 09:52 (IST)

      This is the 40th launch of PSLV has proven the stability of the launch vehicle.

    • 09:50 (IST)

      The VSSC director, K Sivan is addressing the crowd at the event.

    • 09:49 (IST)

      DSAT has  separated and we will get to see after seven minutes.

    • 09:46 (IST)

      CARTOSAT-2 has separated successfully along with the EDUSAT and CESAT.

    • 09:45 (IST)

      The fourth stage engine has been shut off.

    • 09:45 (IST)

      The rocket is 4330 km away from the launch site.

    • 09:40 (IST)

      The rocket is currently at the altitude of 500 km and climbing.

    • 09:38 (IST)

      PSLV-C38 ignites the fourth stage and it is performing according to the plan.

    • 09:37 (IST)

      The coasting phase has started for the satellite to balance the kinetic energy of the rocket.

    • 09:34 (IST)

      The satellite has shut off engines as it enters the third stage.

    • 09:32 (IST)

      Heat Shield separation has taken place as the launch vehicle is performing as planned in the second stage.

    • 09:32 (IST)

      The satellite has complete the vehicle separation in the first stage.

    • 09:31 (IST)

    • 09:30 (IST)

      The PSLV-C38 has lifted off from ground.

    • 09:29 (IST)

      The launch is less than one minute away.

    • 09:25 (IST)

      The launch is 4 minutes away as the weather is perfect for the launch.

    • 09:22 (IST)

      The mission will launch two satellites from India including 29 others.

    • 09:20 (IST)

      It is the first launch vehicle to be equipped with liquid stages.

    • 09:17 (IST)

      The launched has been approved by the Mission Director. We are 12 minutes away from launch.

    • 09:14 (IST)

      16 minutes to launch, as we wait for the authorisation from the mission director, B. Jayakumar.

    • 09:12 (IST)

      The weather at the launch site at Sriharikota is as clear as it can be for the launch.

    • 09:10 (IST)

      The PSLV-C38 will carry 29 co-passenger satellites from 14 countries including Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Repulic, Finaland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and the US as well as one Indian nano satellite.   

    • 07:08 (IST)

      The rocket is scheduled for a 9.29 am launch. ISRO will start streaming the launch event live from 9.00 am onwards.

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