Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the 712 kilograms Cartosat-2 series satellite today, for the observation of our planet along with 30 other co-passenger satellites together, which weights about 243 kilograms at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38).
The Satellite was successfully launched at 09:29 AM from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The primary satellite Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite that is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.
This is the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration. PSLV-C38 carried satellites weighing a total of about 955 kg.
With ISRO launching consecutive satellites, its United States counter part NASA launched the lightest satellite ever yesterday, created by a 18-year-old Indian student.
Rifath Sharook, a student from Tamil Nadu built the 3-D print satellite - Kalamsat, with the help of his team and named after former President APJ Abdul Kalam,
The tiny satellite weighs about 64 grams and it was launched into the space in a NASA sounding rocket from Wallops Island.
With the launch, India has created a global space record. Sharook in an interview said that the achievement would not have been possible without the support of his team.
It is the first 3-D print satellite technology being used in space.
“The world’s smallest satellite has been launched in space. It was not possible without my team,” he said.