The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully took off on its 40th flight. The PSLV-C38 was launched with the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger nano satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 09:29 am on Friday (June 23, 2017) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Shriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
Around 16 minutes after lift-off, the rocket placed its main payload -Cartosat-2 Series Satellite– in orbit. The satellite is the sixth in the Cartosat-2 series. The launch also marked the second highest number of payloads in a single flight after ISRO launched 104 satellites onboard PSLV-C37 on February 15 this year.
As the rocket propelled further up the space, it ejected 30 other nano satellites. Twenty-nine satellites belonged to 14 foreign countries — Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the UK and the US.One nano satellite was made by students of Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu
PM Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch. “Congratulations to ISRO on its 40th successful Polar Satellite launch carrying 31 satellites from 15 countries. You make us proud!” he says in his tweet.