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ISRO gives India another eye in the sky with the Cartosat series 2 launch on board the PSLV-C38

India today successfully put into orbit a satellite that will give a boost to its military surveillance capabilities along with 30 other tiny satellites –all but one of them foreign–from a single rocket in yet another milestone for its low-cost space programme. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38) lifted off majestically from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 9.29 am and injected the 31 satellites into orbit about 27 minutes after lift off, amid applause…

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Decade-old wait ends for students of Noorul Islam University as NIUSAT is put into orbit

It was a proud moment for Noorul Islam University on Friday as the Indian rocket PSLV lifted off successfully with the varsity made nano satellite NIUSAT along with ISRO’s Cartosat and 29 co-passenger foreign satellites. Varsity Chancellor Majid Khan along with the students and teachers rejoiced at the lifting off of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The nano satellite was built from scratch by the students of the NIU, located in Tamil Nadu, about 30 km from the Thiruvananthapuram railway station. The NIUSAT weighs 15 kg and costs Rs 37…

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Indian PSLV rocket carrying 30 satellites successfulyl lifts off from the Sriharikota launch site

The Indian space agency ISRO today successfully launched its workhorse rocket PSLV carrying ‘eye in the sky’ Cartosat-2 series satellite — a dedicated satellite that will give defence surveillance a legup – and 30 nano satellites into orbit. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), lifted off majestically from the first launch pad, Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at 9.29 am and injected the Satellites into orbit about 27 minutes after liftoff, amid applause from scientists. The 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C38 carried the earth observation satellite –…

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Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO on the successful completion of the PSLV-C38 mission

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites, saying the space agency has made the country proud. ISRO’s workhorse rocket PSLV-38 blasted off from the spaceport in Sriharikota this morning, carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite — a dedicated satellite for the defence forces — along with 30 co-passenger satellites. “Congratulations to ISRO on its 40th successful Polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites from 15 countries. You make us proud!,” Modi said in a tweet. Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is…

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ISRO PSLV-C38 mission: Here’s all you need to know on the 31 satellites that India put into orbit today

ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has just deployed 31 satellites in orbit after a 23 minute flight. This was the fortieth launch of the PSLV, one of the most reliable launch vehicles in the world, which has earned it the moniker of ISRO’s workhorse rocket. There were satellites from Austria, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Of the three satellites that ISRO notes are from Belgium, according to the launch manifest, one was actually from China…

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Countdown for launch of Isro’s PSLV-C38 begins with 30 co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota

The 28-hour countdown for the launch of the Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh began at 5.29 am on 22 June, 2017. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), would launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 0920 hours tomorrow, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. The total weight of all these satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is…

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ISRO PSLV-C38 launch LIVE: The rocket is scheduled to launch at 9.29 am and will put 31 satellites into orbit

At 9.29 am today, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) will launch the PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to put 31 satellites into orbit. The launch will happen from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The workhorse of the Indian space program, the PSLV has proven to be India’s most reliable, space worthy rocket. The rocket will carry satellites from all over the world, including satellites from Austria, Chile, Germany, Japan, UK and USA. In total, the payload to be taken to orbit weighs in at 955…

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India’s 31 satellite launch countdown to begin on 22 June

The 28-hour countdown for the 23 June, 2017 morning launch of India’s earth observation satellite Cartosat and 30 other satellites (29 foreign and one Indian) with Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will begin on Thursday morning, the Indian space agency said. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Mission Readiness Review (MRR) committee and Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) have cleared the 28-hour countdown to begin at 5:28 AM on Thursday. India on Friday will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites. According to ISRO,…

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ISRO to fly the PSLV-C38 mission with 30 satellites on board, launch scheduled for 23 June 2017

India on Friday will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign, one Indian) with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian space agency said on Tuesday. According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the PSLV rocket’s XL variant is expected to lift off on Friday morning at 9.29 a.m. from the Sriharikota rocket port. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kg, ISRO said….

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ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission: Five important results from a thousand days of scientific observations

ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan completed 1,000 Earth days in orbit around the red planet on 19 June, 2017. The planned mission duration was only 6 months, but the low cost mission continues to make observations. There is about 13 kg of propellant left. MOM has already achieved all of its mission goals, and will study Mars with its scientific instruments for the remainder of its life. Mars, as imaged by Mangalyaan. Image: ISRO MOM was primarily meant to be a technology demonstration mission. It primary…

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