Countdown begins for India’s 20 satellites rocket

Chennai: The Indian Space Research Oragnisation (ISRO) has begun 48-hours countdown for the launch of India’s Cartosat-2 series on Monday, which will carry 20 satellites slated for Wednesday.

According to Indian space agency, on Wednesday morning at 9:25 am India’s rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift from Sriharikota port in Andhra Pradesh.

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The main purpose of this 725.5kg cargo rocket Cartosat-2 series satellite is to orbit for Earth observation.

The other 19 satellites weighing totally around 560kg are from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one each satellite is from Chennai’s Sathyabama University and Collage of Engineering from Pune.

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The rocket will blast off from the second launch pad with a total weight of 1,288 kg; this whole mission will finish in 26 minute.

The images which will be sending by Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartography, urban, rural, costal use, water distribution and many other applications.

On the other hand, the 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University will collect data on green house gases while the 1 kg Swayam satellite from College of Engineering, Pune will provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.

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Wednesday’s mission will be the first time the ISRO will be launching more the 10 satellites with a single rocket.

In 2008, the ISRO had launched 10 satellites with the PSLV rocket.


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