A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is being fueled for liftoff Friday with 31 satellites on the first flight for India's workhorse rocket since an August mishap that left an Indian navigation satellite unusable after reaching orbit.
The 28 worldwide customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO and its commercial arm "Antrix Corporation Ltd".
# PSLV C-40 rocket launches Cartosat-2, 30 other satellites in single mission from Sriharikota.
The 28 worldwide customer satellites are being launched as part of a commercial deal between Antrix, a Government of India company under the Department of Space, and global customers. Both the micro and nano satellites have been built as co-passenger payloads.
This will be ISRO's first launch in 2018 and also the first after the unsuccessful mission of IRNSS-1H in August previous year.
"When the last satellite is ejected out it will become the hundredth satellite.the first century we have done", ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) director M Annadurai had told PTI.
The six strap-on solid rocket boosters - four ignited on the ground and two in the air - will all complete their burns and jettison from the PSLV by T+plus 1 minute, 32 seconds.
# It will be the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series. Data obtained from it will be used in services like cartographic applications, Geographical Information System (GIS) applications, Land Information System (LIS) applications, coastal land-use regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features.
PSLV C-40 rocket to launch Cartosat, 30 satellites from U.S., other nations in single mission from Sriharikota.