ISRO's PSLV lifts off with Cartosat: 10 things you must know (Watch Video)
Sriharikota : An Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Friday morning lifted off successfully with the country's earth observation satellite 'Cartosat' and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign and one Indian).
Here are 10 things you must know:
# A total of 31 satellites weighed around 95 kgs.
# India's 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite is for earth observation.
# The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites weighing 243 kg and are from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US - as well as one Indian nano satellite, NIUSAT.
# The total time span for the launch event was about 23 minutes.
# The images sent by Cartosat satellite would be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other land information systems and geographical information system applications.
# Another Indian satellite NIUSAT belongs to Nooral Islam University, Tamil Nadu.
# NIUSAT would provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.
# Cartosat-2 is an Earth observation satellite in a sun-synchronous orbit and the second of the Cartosat series of satellites.
# Cartosat-2 has been built and maintained by ISRO.
# The PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies at 9.29 a.m.