India successfully test fires PSLV Cartosat 2 series satellite

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): India on Wednesday morning achieved another success by conducting successful test of rocket named Polar Satellite Launch Vechicle (PSLV) Carbosat-2 series satellites along with 19 other satellites from Sriharikota launch pad.

The country made rocket which sets on its orbit with earth observation satellites Cartosat-2, along with Google Company made Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen 2-1 and 18 other satellites.

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The rocket which is 44.4 meter tall and having weight of 320 tonne, touched the skies at 926 am.

The rocket main cargo is India’s 725.5kg Carbosat-2 series for earth observation and the total weight of this satellites weighted around 1,288 Kg. The satellite is similar to the earlier Carbot-2, 2A and 2B.

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The other 19 satellites which rocket is carrying along with it is from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesai as well as one each from Chennai’s Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune. The total weight of theses satellites is around 560kg.

The complete launch mission will get over in 26 minutes and the images which were sent by Carbosat satellites will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and some other applications.

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the SkySat Gen2-1 satellite with around total weight 110kg belongs to Google Company is a small earth imaging satellites capable of capturing sub-meter resolution images and high definition video.

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The ISRO said that the Planet Lab’s Dove satellites are also earth imaging satellites. Atotal of 12 Dove satellites each weighing 4.7 kg carried in the mission inside three QuadPack dispensers.

This ISRO made PSLV rocket also carries 185 kg M3MSat from Canada. The technology demonstration mission is jointly funded and managed by Defence Research and Development Canada and the Canada Space Agency.

The other foreign satellites on board are: 120 kg LAPSN-A3 of Indonesia, the 130 kg BIROS from German Aerospace Centre, Germany and the 25.5 kg GHGSat-D, Canada.

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

In 2008, the ISRO had launched 10 satellites with the PSLV rocket. Till yet India has launched 57 foreign satellites successfully.