1. ISRO PSLV-C38 launch Live Updates: India successfully launches Cartosat-2 series satellite

ISRO PSLV-C38 launch Live Updates: India successfully launches Cartosat-2 series satellite

ISRO PSLV-C38 launch Live Updates: ISRO will launch PSLV-C38 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle would launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Friday morning

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 1:31 PM
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ISRO PSLV-C38 launch Live Updates: ISRO launched PSLV-C38 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Friday morning, a PTI report said. The Cartosat-2 series satellite is a dedicated one for defence forces and successful launch will bolster India’s aerial supremacy and striking as well detecting capabilities. While the weight of Cartosat-2 series is 712 kg, 30 co-passenger satellites are together weighing about 243 kg. The total weight of all these satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 kg.  Co-passenger satellites, comprise 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and US. The other one is a Nano satellite from India. The customary 28-hour countdown for the launch had begun at 5.29 am on Thursday, the report says. This comes within a month of historic launch of GSLV MkIII from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (MkIII D-1) injected the 3,136-kg advanced communication satellite GSAT-19 into orbit. This was the heaviest rocket launch from India.

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12:03 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee congratulates ISRO on successful launch, “Congratulations to ISRO team on the successful launch of PSLV-C38 carrying 31 satellites,” tweet from Rashtrapati bhawan says.

11:15 am: With each PSLV launch ISRO IS trying to improve capability, says its chairman Kiran Kumar

10:43 am: PM Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO on succesfull launch. “Congratulations to ISRO on its 40th successful Polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites from 15 countries. You make us proud!”, he says in his tweet.

10:31 am: The PSLV is carrying 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger nano satellites, which weighs about 243 kg. The total weight of all these satellites carried C38 is around955 kg, says news agency PTI.

10:15 am:  “Congratulations to ISRO for successfully launching #PSLVC38 rocket. It globally reinforces strength of our space technology & scientists”, tweets Madhya Pradesh CM Shiv Raj singh Chauhan.

10:10 am: The 28-hour countdown for the launch began at 5.29 am on Thursday.

10:07 am: ISRO chairman AS Kiran Rao congarulates the country for the successful launch.

10:06 am: The earlier satellite in the series had a resolution of 0.8 metre. Images taken by it on India’s neighbourhood had helped security forces carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LOC last year, sources told PTI.

10:03 am: Cartosat-2 is is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with aim to provide high-resolution scene specific spot imagery, says PTI.

9:59 am: This year, this the third satelite launch this year, ISRO says. Expressed confince that like earlier ones, this will also perform as per expections.

9:55 am: The images sent by the satellite would be useful for cartographic, rural, urban, coastal land use, utility management like water distribution, road network monitoring, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and several other land information systems and geographical information system applications, the news agency says further.

9:51 am: The satellites comprise 29 nano satellites weighing 243 kg and are from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, US and one one Indian nano satellite, NIUSAT, IANS report says.

9:49 AM: It was the 40th PSLV mission, says ISRO.

9:48 am: The launch shows ISRO capability in a postive way, it says.

9:46 am: The mission was not only successful cost affective, says K Sivan.

9:44 am: ISRO chairman AS Kiran Rao congarulated mission diector K Sivan, after the launch.

9:41 am: Cartosat-2 satellite separated from PSLV-C38 .

9:37 am: Four stages of launch has been normal, says ISRO. Cartosat-2 satellite to be separated from PSLV soon.

9:33 am: It has  been more than 10 minutes since the launch of the satellite. The launch has been successful so far.

9:25 am:  ISRO launches PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to put 31 satellites into orbit from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, says ANI.

9:19 am: The satellite is all set to be launched with in five minutes.

9:18 am: The previous satellite in the series had a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it took on India’s neighbourhood had helped New Delhi carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control last year.

9:17 am: India’s ‘eye in the sky’ is set to become sharper and wider with the launch of a third spacecraft in Cartosat-2 series — a dedicated satellite for defence forces — from the Sriharikota spaceport today.

9:15 am: India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will launch Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on June 23, ISRO said today.

9:10 am: PSLV-C38 will launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together, weighing about 243 kg at lift-off, into a 505-km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, the space agency said. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said PSLV-C38 will be launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre

9:05 am: 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.

9:00 am: Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.

8:55 am: This will be the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors). The space agency also said the 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and International customers.

8:50 am: Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery. ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told reporters at Chennai airport that all the activities for the launch were going on.

8:45 am: Kumar expressed happiness on the “Mangalyan” mission completing 1,000 days on June 19 and said it had been performing very well.

8:40 am: The space agency said the 29 international customer Nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and international customers.

8:35 am: PSLV-C38 will be launched from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. This will be the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

8:30 am: 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.

8:25 am: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), would launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The total weight of all these satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 kg.

8:20 am: The project formally kicked off in February 2012, he said adding it took the University five years to complete it.

8:15 am: “The total cost, I believe, is around Rs 20 crore. We have all the necessary infrastructure and the investment includes the master control facility which we have set up in the University itself. After the satellite reaches the intended orbit, we will take control from the facility,” he said. To a query, he said as many as 102 students and faculty were involved in developing the satellite.

8:10 am: Noorul Islam University’s Director (Academic Affairs) A Shajin Nargunam told PTI that the concept was developed following the December 2004 tsunami which struck Tamil Nadu, wrecking havoc mostly in the coastal areas.

8:05 am: “We were thinking of how can we monitor the coastal region after the tsunami struck in 2004. You know it caused a lot of devastation. After several rounds of discussions, we concluded that we must continuously monitor the coastal mechanism,” the official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.

8:00 am: The satellite is built to provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications, the ISRO said in a release. Following the launch, a dedicated mission control centre with UHF/VHF antenna for Telemetry/Telecommand operations and S-Band antenna for Payload data reception has been set up at the university.

7:55 AM: ISRO’s PSLV-C38 mission will be special for Tamil Nadu as it carries a satellite indigenously developed by students of a university in Kanyakumari district.

7:50 AM: NIUSAT satellite, developed by Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district, will ride piggyback with 29 other satellites of various countries in the 40th mission of PSLV, scheduled to lift off from Sriharikota today.

7:45 am: Take a look at ISRO’s tweet

7:40 am: The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), would launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 09.20 hours tomorrow, the ISRO officials said.

7:35 am: The 28-hour countdown for the launch of Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh began at 5.29 am yesterday.

7:30 am: According to ISRO, the latest spacecraft is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the “objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.”

7:25 am: On the need to have a third satellite in the series, the official said, “The revisit time is the one which determines your data accessibility. More the number of satellites, the better and shorter revisit time you will have and more data you will get.” “They (Cartosat-2 series) are agile satellites – agile in the sense they can take pictures of the place that you want, you can choose and programme it,” he said.

7:20 am: Once this satellite becomes operational, it would be “handed over” to the defence forces, which have their own “set up,” including ground-stations and trained manpower to access data.

7:15 am: India’s ‘eye in the sky’ is set to become sharper and wider with the launch of a third spacecraft in Cartosat-2 series — a dedicated satellite for defence forces — from the Sriharikota spaceport this morning.

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7:10 am: “It can recognise objects within that square (0.6 m by 0.6 m). Defence surveillance will get a leg-up. It can be used in identifying terrorist camps and bunkers… some formations.”, an ISRO official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

7:05 am: The previous satellite in the series had a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it took on India’s neighbourhood had helped New Delhi carry out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control last year, ISRO sources said.

7:00 am: The latest remote sensing satellite slated to be launched on board PSLV-C38 tomorrow morning has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot even smaller objects.

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