ISRO created history this monday in the field of Indian astronomy. ISRO launched it’s PSLV C-35 which seems to it’s longest and most difficult endevour. PSLV successfuly established eight satelites in two different orbits in a record breaking 2 hours and 15 minutes. Of these eight satelites there were three from India including the weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and five satelites of Canada, U.S.A and Algeria.
At first PSLV C-35 took off with SCATSAT-1 on Monday, 9.12 am and established it in ‘ Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit’ in the next 17 minutes. The satelites in this orbit are sunfacing. SCATSAT-1 weights around 371Kg. SCATSAT is capable of giving updates related to weather and cyclones in short span of 180 minutes.
After it’s succesful establishment President Pranab Mukharjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan extended their congratulations to ISRO. Prime Minister said that it’s a moment of proud and happiness for the country.
SCATSAT-1, PRATHAM and PI SAT.
total weight: 675 Kg
Total Expenditure: Rs. 120 Crores
Total 8 satellites.
3 from India: SCATSAT-1, PRATHAM and PI SAT.
3 from Algeria:ALSAT-1, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1 N
1 from Canada: NLS-19
1 from USA: PATHFINDER-1