India’s EYE IN THE SKY: ISRO launches it’s workhorse rocket PSLV on June 23

India on Friday, in its multiple satellite launch mission by PSLV, successfully put into orbit it’s own earth observation satellite Cartosat, Nano satellite NIUSAT and 29 foreign satellites from 14 countries.

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches the 40th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-380) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), in Sriharikota, Andra Pradesh.

The main cargo of the rocket PSLV was India’s 712 Kg weighing Cartosat 2 series satellite with a design life of 5 years.

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The other 30 satellites weighing 243 kg were from 14 countries- Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and the US and one Indian nano Satellite, NIUSAT.


Live streaming of the launch was carried out on Doordarshan from its transmission time of 9 am IST.

For those who missed the live TV telecast, update of the launch is given below :

7:30 am IST: The launch was still a couple of hours away, but according to ISRO, the propellant filling operations of the second stage (PS2) of PSLV were completed.

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8 am IST: The PSLV stood 44.4 m tall, and had a lift off mass of 320 ton. It is a four stage rocket.

9 am IST: In its four stage launch procedure, in two of these stages solid fuel and liquid fuel was used in each respectively.

9:10 am IST: Mission control had authorised the launch of the rocket.

The projected flight path of PSLV-C38 is given below:

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9:29 am IST: First stage of the launch was normal.

9:31 am IST: The first stage had separated from PSLV.

9:34 am IST: The second stage engine had been shut off and separated. The third stage took over.

9:37 am IST: The third stage had ended and the fourth stage had started.

9:39 am IST: PSLV was at an altitude of more than 490 km and at a distance of 2000 km above the launch pad.

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9:46 am IST: Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT  had been separated.

9:59 am IST: 31 satellites abroad the PSLV-C38 had separated from the launch vehicle.

10:10 am IST: All satellites were in orbit, and congratulations were beimg circulated all around.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the launch success, “Congratulations to ISRO on its 40th successful Polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites from 15 countries. You make us proud! “








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