Sriharikota, Jul 12: ISRO, India's space agency on Monday, Jul 12 successfully launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, into orbit remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2B and four other satellites.
ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said that he is extremely happy to say that PSLV C-15 was a successful fligt. He added that all the satellites were injected precisely.
The new PSLV, 44 metres tall, soared with the five satellites together weighing 819 kg, from Sriharikota spaceport.
The main cargo, Cartosat-2B weighs 694 kg. Another satellite the Alsat-2A, the Algerian remote sensing satellite weighs 116 kg. It also include two nano satellites NLS 6.1 AISSAT-1 weighing 6.5 kg (built by the University of Toronto, Canada) and one kg NLS 6.2 TISAT built by University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. The fifth other is STUDSAT, a pico satellite weighing less than one kg, built jointly by students of seven engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
The rocket first released Cartosat-2B twenty minutes after the blast off. It was followed by Alsat-2A and the three small satellites.