The successful launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV C-40 that placed a 710-kg Cartosat-2 satellite, seventh of the series, and 30 co-passenger satellites on Friday morning was met with elation and relief at Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).
The agency’s 100th launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota was closely watched in India and across the world after a failure on August 31 last year. The 41st flight had a normal lift-off and everything happened as planned, according to ISRO, but failed to launch due to a glitch in heat-shield separation.
The Cartosat-2 remote-sensing satellite is the main payload on board the PSLV C-40. It will boost data services for users that will be used in urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, monitoring of road networks, water distribution, land use mapping.
The co-passenger satellites comprise one microsatellite and one nanosatellite from India as well as three microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from Canada, Finland, France, Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. The total weight of all the 31 satellites onboard the PSLV-C40 is about 1323kg.
The 28 international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of ISRO, and the foreign countries.