Sriharikota: PSLV C-35, carrying India’s SCATSAT-1 meant for ocean and weather studies and seven other satellites including from US and Canada, today lifted off from the spaceport here.
Besides SCATSAT-1, the 44.4 m tall ISRO’s workhorse PSLV rocket is carrying two Indian university satellites, three from Algeria and one each from US and Canada.
For the first time in its mission, the PSLV will launch its payloads in two different orbits. There will be two Fourth Stage Engine restarting for this purpose
PSLV C-35 took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, about 110 km from Chennai at 9:12 am.
SCATSAT-1, the primary satellite, is meant for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking.
It is a “continuity” mission for the Ku-band scatterometer payload carried by SCATSAT-1, which has enhanced features compared to a similar one carried by Oceansat-2 satellite in 2009, ISRO said.
The two academic satellites are PRATHAM from IIT Bombay and PISAT from BES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.
While PRATHAM’s objective is to estimate Total Electron Count, PISAT’s mission is to design and develop a nano-satellite for remote sensing applications.
The foreign satellites onboard the PSLV are ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N (all from Algeria) and Pathfinder-1 and NLS-19, from the US and Canada, respectively.