Indian Space Research Organisation is back in the game as its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) successfully placed 31 satellites in two different orbits in one of the longest missions.
PSLV-C40, in its 42nd flight, placed 31 satellites -- Cartosat-2 Series, Microsat, 28 foreign nanosatellites and an Indian nanosatellite -- in orbits.
The foreign nanosatellites are from the US, France, Finland, the UK, South Korea and Canada.
Around 17 minutes after the lift-off from the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.28am, the rocket injected its main payload- the 710kg weighing Cartosat-2 series.
The seventh satellite in the series, into a polar sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 510km.
Within a span of around seven minutes, the rocket ejected 29 satellites as it maneuvered its way up the altitude to 519km.
The last satellite of the series had been launched successfully in June 2016.
ISRO Headquarters: Bengaluru
Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
Director: A. S. Kiran Kumar
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