ISRO launches PSLV’s longest flight SCATSAT-1, including 7 other satellites

NEW DELHI: In its first multi-orbital launch, India’s workhorse PSLV on Monday injected eight different satellites, including the country’s weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and five from other nations, into two different orbits.


India’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C35, was launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota at 9.12 am, and carries the 371 kg SCATSAT 1 along with seven other satellites, including from the US and Canada.

While SCATSAT-1 was released first into a 730 km Polar Sunsynchronous Orbit (SSO) after, the rest will be injected into a lower orbit of 689 km after around two hours.

Besides SCATSAT-1, the others are PRATHAM and PISAT, two academic satellites from India, ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N (all from Algeria) and Pathfinder-1 and NLS-19, from USA and Canada, respectively.

According to ISRO, this is the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits.

The mission objectives of SCATSAT-1 are to help provide weather forecasting services to the user communities through the generation of wind vector products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking, ISRO said.

SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for scatterometer payload carried by the earlier Oceansat-2 satellite, ISRO added.

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09:43 AM
President of India ✔ @RashtrapatiBhvn
Hearty congratulations to ISRO on successfully launching PSLV-C35 carrying SCATSAT-1 & 7 co-passenger satellites #PresidentMukherjee
9:32 AM – 26 Sep 2016 · New Delhi, India, India
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PSLV C-35 injects India’s SCATSAT-1 in orbit.

09:39 AM
PM Modi lauds ISRO; says moment of immense joy & pride ​

Narendra Modi ✔ @narendramodi
Moment of immense joy & pride for India. Congratulations to @isro on successful launch of PSLV-C35/SCATSAT-1 & 7 co-passenger satellites.
9:36 AM – 26 Sep 2016
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Narendra Modi ✔ @narendramodi
Our space scientists keep scripting history. Their innovative zeal has touched the lives of 125 crore Indians & made India proud worldwide.
9:37 AM – 26 Sep 2016
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