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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites carried by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) on June 23 at 9:20 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite is sixth in the series named as Cartosat- 2E and weighs about 714 kg.

The series is actually an earth observation satellite that provides high-resolution scene-specific spot images including data in various scales. It is operated and maintained by ISRO. It was a proud moment for Noorul Islam University on Friday as the Indian rocket PSLV lifted off successfully with the varsity-made nano satellite NIUSAT along with ISRO’s Cartosat and 29 co-passenger foreign satellites.

Varsity Chancellor Majid Khan along with the students and teachers rejoiced at the lifting off of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The nano satellite was built from scratch by the students of the NIU, located in Tamil Nadu, about 30 km from the Thiruvananthapuram railway station. The NIUSAT weighs 15 kg and costs Rs 37 crore.

It would provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications. In the past, PSLV-C37 carried two ISRO Nano Satellites – INS-1A and INS-1B. ISRO Nano Satellite (INS) is a versatile and modular Nano satellite bus system envisioned for future science and experimental payloads.