India To Launch 31 Satellites In Friday, Countdown Begins
Sriharikota: A 28-hour countdown for the launch of earth observation satellite Cartosat and 30 other satellites (29 foreign and one Indian) with Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is currently underway at the SHAR in Sriharikota. The launch will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 9:28 am.
India has successfully launched 101 satellites a couple of months ago, giving international community gitters. This is yet another big attempt to launch maximum number of satellites into the orbit.
The second of the Cartosat series weighs 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites which together weigh another 243 kilos which means the rocket will take off with a total weight of 955 kgs.
The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nano satellite.
The 29 international customer nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and the international customers.
India launches cartosat to study earth and according to scientists, this will be useful for disaster management.