ISRO successfully launched 31 satellites

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  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched 31 satellites — 29 of them belonging to foreign countries — on board the PSLV-C38 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center.
  • The PSLV, in its 40th flight, carried the Cartosat-2 series satellite, the main payload, weighing 712 kg and another Indian satellite, NIUSAT, an Indian university/academic institute satellite from Noorul Islam University, Kanyakumari.
  • Delegates from foreign agencies that were sending their satellites watched from Mission Control as the satellites were placed into orbit.
  • The PSLV-C38 took off from the first launchpad at 9.29 a.m. The Cartosat-2 series satellite was placed in orbit at 16 minutes after launch and the final satellite was injected into orbit at 23 minutes.
  • The total payload weighed 955 kg at lift-off. The Cartosat satellite launch will provide remote sensing services for about five years.
  • The other 29 nano satellites belonged to 14 nations — Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the U.K., and the U.S.
  • The Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite, and is the sixth in the series. It was placed in a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous orbit.
  • It will be used for cartographic applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, Land Information Systems (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications, ISRO said.