After A Majestic Liftoff PSLV-C40 Places 31 Birds Into Precise Orbits

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After A Majestic Liftoff PSLV-C40 Places 31 Birds Into Precise Orbits

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight (PSLV-C40) launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 613 kg at lift-off. PSLV-C40 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

The co-passenger satellites comprised one Micro-Satellite and one Nano-Satellite from India as well as 3 Microsatellites and 25 Nanosatellites from six countries, namely, Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, UK and USA. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C40 is about 1,323 kg.

Unique Mission

The PSLV C40 executed a series of complex manoeuvres for the shutdown and reignition of the rocket's 4th Stage engine after injecting Cartosat-2 satellite.

The engines in the fourth stage was reignited once, in a bid to lower the altitude from around 500 km to around 350 km to inject the remaining Micro and Nano satellites in space.

After A Majestic Liftoff PSLV-C40 Places 31 Birds Into Precise Orbits

The 28 International customer satellites was 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 the International customers.