India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched PSLV’s longest flight SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather studies. The 320-tonne rocket, carrying eight satellites, blasted off from the launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This launch is said to be ISRO’s longest mission spread over two hours and fifteen minutes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of PSLV’s longest flight SCATSAT-1 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. PM Modi described the launch as a “moment of immense joy and pride”.
“Moment of immense joy and pride for India. Congratulations to @isro on successful launch of PSLV-C35/SCATSAT-1 and 7 co-passenger satellites,” Narendra Modi said in a tweet.
“Our space scientists keep scripting history. Their innovative zeal has touched the lives of 125 crore Indians and made India proud worldwide,” his tweet said.
The SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 scatterometer to provide the wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users, ISRO said in a statement. The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer which is similar to the one put onboard the Oceansat-2. The mission life of the satellite is five years, said ISRO.
The rocket is carrying five foreign and three Indian satellites. The five foreign satellites are from Algeria namely Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg, and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and the US (Pathfinder-44kg). The two Indian satellites are: Pratham (10kg) built by Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-Bombay) and Pisat (5.25 kg) from PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.
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