ISRO all set to launch Cartosat-2 series satellite

Chennai, DHNS: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch the Cartosat-2 series satellite, with the 28-hour countdown of the rocket having started on Thursday morning.

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-second flight (PSLV-C40), will launch the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites, together weighing about 613kg at lift off.

PSLV-C40 will be launched from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on Friday at 9.29 am.

The co-passenger satellites consist of one microsatellite and one nanosatellite from India, as well as 3 microsatellites and 25 nanosatellites from Canada, Finland, France, South Korea, UK and USA.

The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried on-board the PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.

The 28 international customer satellites are being launched as part of a commercial deal between Antrix, a Government of India company under the Department of Space, and international customers.

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