In yet another space milestone, the Indian Space Research Organisation today placed advanced weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and seven other satellites in orbits in its longest and most complex mission till date.
Earlier, the space agency launched PSLV-35 carrying eight satellites which was to be placed in two orbits from Sriharikota today.
"#PSLV C-35 carrying India's SCATSAT-1 and 7 other satellites lifts off from spaceport of Sriharikota,"PTI reported.
#PSLV C-35 carrying India's SCATSAT-1 and 7 other satellites lifts off from spaceport of Sriharikota.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 26, 2016
PSLV C-35 injects India's SCATSAT-1 in orbit.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 26, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the space agency for its incredible achievement.
Moment of immense joy & pride for India. Congratulations to @isro on successful launch of PSLV-C35/SCATSAT-1 & 7 co-passenger satellites.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 26, 2016
President Pranab Mukherjee also congratulted team ISRO for the stupendous feat.
Hearty congratulations to ISRO on successfully launching PSLV-C35 carrying SCATSAT-1 & 7 co-passenger satellites #PresidentMukherjee— President Mukherjee (@POI13) September 26, 2016
The 37th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV was launched from Sriharikota carrying 8 satellites - three from India, three from Algeria, and one each from Canada and the US.
It will also put into space PISAT, a nanosatellite developed by PESU, in collaboration with SKR Engineering College, Chennai; Sona College of Technology, Salem; Veltech University, Chennai and Nehru College of Engineering, Thrissur. PISAT will take snapshots of Earth, with the focus on India. The Institute of Engineers has also played its part in bringing together all these colleges.
The mission saw launch of SCATSAT-1, developed by ISRO, that will carry on ocean and weather related studies.
It is for the first time that agency will be making commercial use of its own multiple burn technology which relates to the switching off and switching on of a rocket's engine in space.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director K. Sivan also told IANS that the 48 and half hour countdown for the launch of Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that would carry the eight satellites is progressing smoothly at the rocket port Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The twin-orbit manoeuvre was recently accomplished by European Space Agency's Vega rocket.
Countdown began on at 8.42 a.m on Saturday and the rocket is expected to blast off at 9.12 a.m. on Monday.
Notedly, this is the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits.
It be launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota at 9.12 AM on September 26, it said.
In its 37th flight, India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C35, will launch the 377 kg SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
The co-passenger satellites are from the US, Canada and Algeria besides from Indian Universities. While SCATSAT-1 will be placed into a 720 km Polar SSO, the two Academic Institute Satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit, the space agency said.