Congratulating ISRO on successful launch of PSLV-C35/advanced weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and 7 other co-passenger satellites, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it was the 'moment of immense joy and pride for India'.
"Our space scientists keep scripting history. Their innovative zeal has touched the lives of 125 crore Indians & made India proud worldwide," stated Prime Minister.
Today, PSLV-C35 successfully launched eight satellites into two different orbits in a single flight. This is the thirty sixth consecutively successful mission of PSLV, said an official release.
The total weight of all the eight satellites carried on-board PSLV-C35 was 675 kg. PSLV-C35 is the first PSLV mission to launch satellites carried onboard into two different orbits. This PSLV mission was the longest of the PSLV missions conducted till date and was completed in 2 hours 15 minutes and 33 seconds after lift-off, informed the release.
It is said that the data sent by SCATSAT-1 satellite will help provide weather forecasting services to user communities through the generation of wind vector products as well as cyclone detection and tracking.
Furthermore, of the seven co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C35, two PRATHAM weighing 10 kg and PISAT weighing 5.25 kg are University/Academic institute satellites and were built with the involvement of students from IIT-Bombay and PES University, Bangalore and its consortium, respectively.
While the remaining five co-passenger satellites were international customer satellites from Algeria (three ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N), Canada (one- NLS-19) and the United States (one Pathfinder-1).
According to the release, with today's launch, the PSLV's capability to launch satellites into two different orbits has been successfully demonstrated. The total number of satellites launched by India's workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has now reached 121, of which 42 are Indian and the remaining 79 are from abroad.