The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched SCATSAT-1, a satellite for weather studies into the space. In the next two hours, it would launch seven other satellites into the orbit.
About 17 minutes after it lifted off from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 9.10 am, PSLV C-35 ejected SCATSAT-1 satellite in the polar sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 730 km.
Besides the 371 kg-weighing SCATSAT-1, a satellite for weather-related studies, the national space agency would also launch two satellites designed by Indian educational institutions (PISAT and PRATHAM), three commercial payloads from Algeria (ALSAT-1B, 2B and 1N) and one each for Canada (NLS-19) and the United States (Pathfinder-1).
Though ISRO has launched several PSLV rockets in the past, the launch on Monday would be “the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits,” ISRO said.
The 10 kg-weighing PRATHAM by IIT Bombay intends to estimate the total electron count with a resolution of 1km x 1km location grid and PISAT (5.25 kg) from PES University in Bengaluru intends to explore remote sensing applications.
ALSAT-1B is an Earth observation satellite (103 kg), ALSAT-2B is a remote sensing satellite (117 kg) and ALSAT-1N (7 kg) is a technology demonstrator. NLS-19 is a technology demonstration micro satellite (8 kg) and Pathfinder-1 is a commercial high resolution imaging micro satellite (44 kg).