Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) successfully took off on its 40th flight and is carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger nano satellites from Sri Harikota in Andhra Pradesh at 5:29 a.m on Thursday.
The PSLV-C38 launched with 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger nano satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift off into a 505 km polar Sun Sybchronous Orbit (SSO) at 9:29 am on Friday.
The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries- Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and The United States of America besides a nano satellite from India.
Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite, a dedicated satellite for the defence forces. It is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery. It can recognise objects within the square area (0.6m×0.6m). It can be used in identifying terrorist camps and bunkers.