ISRO achieves another milestone with the launch of weather satellite SCATSAT-1

Photo of ISRO launched weather satellite SCATSAT-1.

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): India successfully test fired and puts its own weather satellite SCATSAT-1 into orbit in a copy book style on yesterday night from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launch pad.

The rocket will launch seven other satellites in the second phase of its mission- which will include five foreign and two Indian satellities in a different orbit-between 11.25 to 11.28 a.m.

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The PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 tonne tore into the morning skies with fierce orange flames at its tail at 9.12 a.m.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials and the media team assembled at the rocket port here celebrate the successful launch of the satellites into its orbit.

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The rocket’s main cargo, the 371 kg SCATSAT-1-for ocean and weather related studies-was injected into a 730 km polar sun synchronous orbit after seventeen minutes into the flight.

Although SCATSAT-1 is a follow-on mission for Oceansat-2 improvements have been made in the satellite’s hardware configuration based on lessons learnt from Oceansat-2 instruments.

Also SCATSAT-1’s payload has been characterised with the objective of achieving data quality for Climate Data Records, apart from facilitating routine meteorological applications, the ISRO said.

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It said the SCATSAT-1’s scattero meter will provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.

The satellite carries Ku-band scattero meter similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.

The mission life of the satellite is five years.

The remaining seven satellites will be placed in a 689 km polar orbit later.

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These seven satellites include five foreign satellites: three from Algeria (Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg), and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and US (Pathfinder-44kg).

The two other Indian satellites are: Pratham (10kg) built by Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) and Pisat (5.25 kg) from PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.