ISRO to launch PSLV C-38: Countdown starts

Updated: 09:52 GMT, Jun 22, 2017 | Published: 09:51 GMT, Jun 22, 2017 |

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch the Cartosat-2 series satellite, with at least 30 co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The 28-hour countdown for the new satellite launch began on Thursday at 5.29 am, and the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) – in its 40th flight – from Sriharikota will launch the 712 kg satellite for earth observation. It will also carry the constellation of 30 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 9.20 am tomorrow, confirmed ISRO.

The total weight of the all the satellites aboard the PSLV C-38 amount up to 955 kg. The co-passenger satellites, comprise 29 Nanosatellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America besides a Nanosatellite from India.

PSLV-C38 will be launched from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.