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ISRO PSLV-C40 Launch: Ten Facts About The Space Mission

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Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in it its first maiden space mission of 2018, has successfully launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) carrying the Cartosat-2 Series earth observation Satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites.In its forty-second flight, the PSLV-C40 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre ( SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

1. The payload consists of one Microsatellite and one Nanosatellite from India as well as 3 MicroSatellites and 25 Nanosatellites from six countries. The total weight of the payload carried onboard the PSLV-C40 is around 1323 kilogram.

2. Following a 28-hour countdown, the 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) soared into clear skies after a near-perfect lift-off at 9.29 a.m.

3. The 320-tonne rocket ejected the satellites successively and deployed them into the earth’s lower orbit 17 minutes and 18 seconds after the lift-off.

4. The spaceport is about 80 kilometre northeast of Chennai off the Bay of Bengal coast.

5. Of the 31 satellites, three are Indian and the rest are from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and the US.

6. The Indian satellites include the 710 kg Cartosat-2 series for Earth observation as the primary satellite of the mission, along with co-passenger payloads, including 100 kg microsatellite and a 10 kg nanosatellite.

7. Cartosat-2 series was the first to be separated from the rocket and placed into the sun synchronous orbit at 505km above the earth, followed by the 10 kg nanosatellite and the 100 kg micro-sat in different orbits.

8. The Cartosat-2 series will orbit the Earth for a period of five years.

9. The micro satellite would be India’s 100th satellite in space around the earth’s orbit.

10. ISRO’s first space mission in 2018 came four months after a similar rocket failed to place India’s eighth navigation satellite in the earth’s lower orbit on August 31, 2017.

The twenty-eight International customer satellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS), the commercial arm of ISRO and International customers.

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