Full coverage: ISRO’s 20-satellite launch, its largest ever, successful

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C34 was used to carry the satellites, including India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2, from the second launch pad of the space centre.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2016 1:46:39 pm
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched a record 20 satellites from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

The launch of PSLV C-34/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission took place at 9:26 am. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C34 is being used to carry the satellites, including India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2, from the second launch pad of the space centre.

WATCH VIDEO | ISRO Scripts History, Launches PSLV C-34 With 20 Satellites

 

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Live updates:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated the ISRO scientists on their achievement. In a tweet, he said “20 satellites in a go! @isro continues to break new barriers. Hearty congratulations to our scientists on the monumental accomplishment.”

9:51 am: ISRO declares the mission successful

9:46 am: GAGsat satellite also separated and launched into orbit

9:44 am: LAPAN-A3 and BIROS separated and launched into their orbit

9:43 am: PS-4 engine shut-off. Orbital conditions are achieved

9:40 am: Vehicle now 3,400 km away from India at an altitude of 517 km

9:39 am: PS-4 to burn for another 150 seconds. Fourth stage performance normal

9:32 am: Customers from all the countries observing the launch carefully.

9:31 am: Second stage successfully completed. Third stage begins with normal performance.

9:30 am: Second stage performance is normal. PSLV now at altitude of 215 km

9:29 am: PSLV now 115 km away from ground. Heat Shield not required anymore.

9:28: am: Burn-out of first stage completed. All set for second stage.

9:27 am: PSLV C-34 launched. All strap-ons are ignited.

9:21 am: Everything proceeding as per plan: ISRO

9:11 am: 14 minutes left for the launch.

9:00 am: The launch vehicle is ready to be launched. It is being taken to the site.

7:50 am:

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The 48-hour countdown for this launch was started on Monday morning by ISRO. This is the largest-ever number of satellites to be launched into orbit at once by ISRO. Earlier, it had sent 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.

The total weight of these satellites, according to ISRO, is about 1,288 kg.

Features of the Cartostat-2 Series satellite:

*Satellite Mass is 727.5 kg
*Orbit type is Circular Polar Sun Synchronous
*Orbit Height is 505 km
*Orbit inclination is 97.48 degrees
*Local time of equator crossing will be 9:30 am
*The design life is 5 years

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LIVE VIDEO:

Photos: PSLV C-34 with 20 satellites lifts off from Sriharikota

Thirteen of the satellites are from USA including the 12 Dove satellites from Planet Labs organisation, each of which weighs just 4.7 kg. There are two Canadian satellites and one each from Germany and Indonesia.

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List of co-passenger satellites to be launched:

*LAPAN-A3 from Indonesia
*BIROS from Germany
*M3MSat from Canada
*SkySat Gen2-1 from USA
*GHDSat-D from Canada
*12 Dove Satellites from USA
*Two academic/university satellites from India (SATHYABAMASAT and SWAYAM)

ISRO has so far launched 57 satellites of foreign countries on eighteen different PSLV missions.

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