ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C28 carrying 5 UK satellites [ Current Affairs ]

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ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-28 has successfully put five satellites of United Kingdom into designated orbits. They launched successfully after its lift off from first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh.

ISRO had used high-end XL version of PSLV-c-28 as it was its biggest and heaviest commercial launch with overall lift-off mass of all 5 satellites was 1,440 kg for this mission.

Five satellites are-

  1. Three satellites comprised of DMC3-1, DMC3-2 and DMC3-3, all weighing around 447-kg. They are designed for simultaneous high temporal and high spatial resolution optical Earth observation.
  2. Application of these satellites- Surveying the resources on earth, urban infrastructure management and monitoring of disasters. CBNT-1: It is an optical Earth Observation technology demonstration micro satellite, weighing around 91 kg.
  3. De-OrbitSail is an experimental nano satellite. It will be used for the demonstration of large thin membrane sail and drag deorbiting using this sail. All of the five satellites belonged to UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and ANTRIX, the commercial arm of ISRO.

These countries are - Germany, South Korea, Indonesia, Belgium, Italy, Israel, Argentina, Canada, Japan, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Algeria, Singapore, Luxembourg, France and Austria.

It was ISRO’s second launch in year 2015. Earlier, ISRO was launched navigation satellite, IRNSS-1D in March, 2015.

At present, India has successfully launched 45 satellites of 18 different foreign countries successfully in space since 1999.

- Published on: July 14, 2015