As the world is watching with curiosity, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its next marvel, the Cartosat-2 series aboard PSLV-C34 with 20 satellites on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 09:25 hrs (IST) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Into its 36th flight, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) will lift off with 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift–off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
PSLV-C34 will be launched from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on June 22, 2016 at 09:25 hrs (IST) and it is the 14th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration with the use of solid strap-on motors.
The other nano satellites are from USA, Canada, Germany and Indonesia and two satellites from Indian University/Academic Institutes — Sathyabhama University’s Sathybhama Sat and Pune Engineering Institute’s Swayam satellite to monitor radiation. The total weight of all the 20 satellites is about 1,288 kg.
Cartosat-2 Series Satellite:
The Cartosat-2 series satellite is the main satellite, similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B. After its injection into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, the satellite will be made operational to provide remote sensing services using Panchromatic and Multispectral cameras.
The images to be sent by the satellite will be useful in cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications, said ISRO in a statement.