PSLV-C35 injects SCATSAT-1 weather satellite into orbit, seven more to go
The expected lifespan of SCATSAT-1 is expected to be five years.
New Delhi: ISRO on Monday successfully places SCATSAT-1 weather satellite into its orbit, around 17 minutes after a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C35) carrying eight satellites took off at 9:12 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, according to the Times of India.
This historic launch, which extends for over 2 hours 15 minutes, is still underway and will place the remaining seven into their orbits around two hours later. This was the first mission of PSLV in which it launched its payloads into two different orbits. The co-passenger satellites were from the US, Canada and Algeria besides from Indian Universities.
ISRO's SCATSAT-1 can generate accurate data on wind patterns over the ocean surface. It is a continuity mission for the Oceansat-2, which has exhausted its operational life. The expected lifespan of SCATSAT-1 is expected to be five years.
SCATSAT-1 is placed into a 730 km Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
(With ANI inputs)