The successful launch comes four months after ISRO’s mission to launch the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite failed.
ISRO’s PSLV satellite before the launch on Thursday. Credit: PTI
Sriharikota: India today successfully launched a Cartosat-2 series cartographic satellite and 29 others onboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from its launchpad here.
The successful launch and completion of the PSLV C-40 mission comes four months after ISRO’s mission to launch the IRNSS-1H backup navigation satellite on the PSLV C-39 mission ended in a rare failure.
A jubilant A.S. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), announced that the Cartosat-2 satellite, the seventh in the series, and a nanosatellite and 28 commercial payloads were successfully injected into orbit by the PSLV C-40, in the space of 17 minutes after liftoff.
Kumar added that a microsatellite belonging to India would be injected in orbit after about 90 minutes following the re-ignition of the fourth stage. The foreign payload comprised three other microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from six countries: Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the UK and the US.
Earlier, at the end of the 28-hour countdown, the 44.4-metre-tall PSLV-C40 lifted off at 9:29 am and soared into a cloudy sky from the ...