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New Milestone: PSLV launches eight satellites into 2 orbits

“With today’s launch, the PSLV’s capability to launch satellites into two different orbits has been successfully demonstrated,” ISRO said.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
September 27, 2016 3:39:55 am
PSLV, ISRO, PSLV launch, ISRO rocket launch, ISRO rocket, ISRO rocket launch today, PSLV rocket launch, satellite launch, isro satellite launch, indian express news, science, india news PSLV C35 lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Monday. PTI photo

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched eight small satellites into two different orbits in space on board its workhorse launch vehicle, the PSLV. This was the first time ISRO launched satellites into two different orbits on the same flight.

“With today’s launch, the PSLV’s capability to launch satellites into two different orbits has been successfully demonstrated,” ISRO said.

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“In its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 371-kg SCATSAT-1 satellite along with seven co-passenger satellites today morning (September 26, 2016) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota,” ISRO said.

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The mission, lasting two hours, 15 minutes and 33 seconds, was one of the longest for the PSLV. The main satellite on board, the SCATSAT-1, will provide weather forecasting services “through the generation of wind vector products as well as cyclone detection and tracking”, the agency said.

READ: ISRO to launch PSLV’s longest flight SCATSAT-1 at 9:12 am today

Among the other satellites was Pratham, weighing 10 kg, and PISAT, weighing 5.25 kg. The two satellites were built along with students from IIT-Bombay and PES University, Bengaluru, and a consortium.

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The other five satellites were international ones from Algeria (ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N), Canada (NLS-19) and the US (Pathfinder-1).

READ: ISRO to launch student satellite Pratham

With the eight satellites launched on Monday, the PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites — 42 Indian and 79 foreign ones.

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