PSLV-C38 launches 31 satel­lites in a sin­gle flight

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & in India -

ISRO’s Po­lar Satel­lite Launch Ve­hi­cle PSLV- C38 launched the 712 kg Car­tosat-2 Se­ries Satel­lite along with 30 co-pas­sen­ger satel­lites on 23 June from Satish Dhawan Space Cen­tre SHAR, Sri­harikota, this be­ing the 39th con­sec­u­tively suc­cess­ful PSLV mis­sion.

PSLV-C38 lifted off at 0929 hrs from the First Launch Pad. Af­ter a flight of about 16 min­utes, the satel­lites achieved po­lar Sun Syn­chronous Or­bit of 505 km in­clined at an an­gle of 97.44 de­gree to the equator (very close to the in­tended or­bit) and in the suc­ceed­ing seven and a half min­utes, all the 31 satel­lites suc­cess­fully sep­a­rated from the PSLV in a pre­de­ter­mined se­quence be­gin­ning with Car­tosat-2 se­ries satel­lite, fol­lowed by NIUSAT and 29 cus­tomer satel­lites. The to­tal num­ber of Indian satel­lites launched by PSLV now stands at 48.

Af­ter sep­a­ra­tion, the two so­lar ar­rays of Car­tosat-2 se­ries satel­lite were de­ployed au­to­mat­i­cally and ISRO’s Teleme­try, Track­ing and Com­mand Net­work ( ISTRAC) at Ban­ga­lore took over the con­trol of the satel­lite. The satel­lite will be brought to its fi­nal op­er­a­tional con­fig­u­ra­tion fol­low­ing which it will begin to pro­vide var­i­ous re­mote sens­ing ser­vices us­ing its panchro­matic (black and white) and mul­ti­spec­tral (colour) cam­eras.

One of the 30 co-pas­sen­ger satel­lites car­ried by PSLV- C38 was the 15 kg NIUSAT, a Univer­sity/Aca­demic In­sti­tute satel­lite from Nu­rul Is­lam Univer­sity, Tamil Nadu, In­dia. The re­main­ing 29 co-pas­sen­ger satel­lites car­ried were in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer satel­lites from USA (10), United King­dom (3), Bel­gium (3), Italy (3), Aus­tria (1), Chile (1), Czech Repub­lic (1), Fin­land (1), France (1), Ger­many (1), Ja­pan (1), Latvia (1), Lithua­nia (1) and Slo­vakia (1).

With this suc­cess­ful launch, the to­tal num­ber of cus­tomer satel­lites from abroad placed in or­bit by In­dia’s work­horse launch ve­hi­cle PSLV has reached 209.

Pa­naromic view of fully in­te­grated PSLV-C38 seen with mo­bile ser­vice tower

Hoist­ing of PSLV-C38 sec­ond stage dur­ing ve­hi­cle in­te­gra­tion

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