Countdown for launch of PSLV-C38 begins

Cesar Mills
June 22, 2017

The rocket, in its 40th flight, will lift off with Cartosat-2E, an Earth observation satellite, with 30 other nano satellites that will include 29 from 14 different countries, Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.at 9:29 am from the first launch pad at Sriharikota spaceport. It is set to launch 31 satellites, including 30 nanosatellites.

The Cartosat-2 Series is a remote sensing satellite, with a mission life of five years.

The 28-hour countdown for the launch of 31 satellites on Friday morning is starting from Thursday morning at 05:29 a. m. Mission Readiness Review (MRR) committee and Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have cleared the 28-hour countdown of PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 Satellite Series mission for Thursday starting at 05:29 a. m.

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According to ISRO website, the device is integrated with Indian launch vehicle PSLV-C38, whose propellant filling operations are under progress. Of that two satellites, Cartosat-2 series satellite is from India. The first series of Cartosat-2 was launched by PSLV-C7 on 10 January 2007 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre's FLP at Sriharikota. These satellites will be in a 505km polar sun synchronous orbit. It includes one Nano satellite from Noorul Islam University of India and 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries, including France, Germany, and Belgium, Italy, Austria, US and UK.

ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told reporters at Chennai airport that all the activities for the launch were going on. Cartosat -2E satellite launch is aimed at collecting high resolution large-scale maps which will be used for urban planning, services, infrastructure development, traffic management and disaster management, Isro scientists said.

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