ISRO’s PSLV-C38 launches 31 satellites, defence surveillance to get leg up.
ISRO’s PSLV-C38 launch: 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.
ISRO PSLV-C38 live updates: ISRO satellite mission has been launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This was the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration.
Cartosat-2E series satellite is an earth observation satellite that provides high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery providing data in various scales. It weighs about 714 kg. It is operated and maintained by the Indian Space Research Organisation.
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.
Being centred around solar sails, or equipment that make use of solar energy instead of electricity to charge the payload, the main objective in this later phase is to demonstrate orbit manoeuvering using solar sails, said a member of the Swayam team.
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“Three atomic clocks of IRNSS-1A have stopped working. But the rest of satellite components are functioning perfectly,” officials said.
ISRO is facing serious trouble as atomic clocks on the first first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A have already failed. The atomic clocks that provide location data in the six navigation satellites are functioning normally.
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Behind the success of the launch is nearly three decades of hard work in taming cryogenic technology and an interesting history of this technology was denied to ISRO by the United States in the early 1990s, forcing it develop it on its own.
Today’s launch of a geostationary communication satellite, GSAT-19, is perhaps ISRO’s most important mission in the last three decades.
ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar described the launch as a step towards “self reliance’’ for India in the launching of heavy satellites.
The rocket has the capability to carry a payload as heavy as 4,000 kg and put in into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. It can also carry a 10,000 kg payload and put in into the Low Earth Orbit.