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India is Ready to Launch 31 Satellites on January 10


India is Ready to Launch 31 Satellites on January 10. This is the first space mission in 2018 onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40). ISRO is almost ready to Launch these 31 Satellites on January 10. Among this 31 satellites, earth observation spacecraft Cartosat is most famous one.

According to official reports, all these will be launched from spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The rocket is scheduled to launch at 9.30 a.m. to carry all satellites.The rocket measures 44.4-metre and the Cartosat weighs 720kg.

All procedure is on progress to ensure release of satelites one-after-one into their orbits. The 28 satellites are from the US and five other countries in a single mission. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Director Devi Prasad Karnik offered these details. Few months back, an attempt to deliver the country’s eighth navigation satellite in the earth’s lower orbit was a failure and this was on August 31.

It was due to the 320-tonne workhorse launcher (PSLV-C39) did not separate the heat shield. Now this is the sixth Cartosat in the second series. The  rocket’s lift-off time for the reverse countdown will confirm soon. There is also  one each nano and micro satellite from India. The rocket carry Cartosat-2 which is an observational satellite.

This is to get some high-quality images for cartographic, urban and rural applications. This is also best for coastal land use and regulation and utility management including road network monitoring. This will be capable of offering high-resolution scene-specific spot imageries too. All these functions are carried by panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras with time delay integration mode.

There will be around five-six launches in the first half of next year according to officials. This includes  two for deploying GSAT-6A and GSAT-29 advanced communication satellites. ISRO will also launch its second lunar mission (Chandrayaan-2) to the moon. The Chndrayaan-2 weighs 3,290 kg and orbit around the moon. This is mainly to study its lunar conditions including  topography, mineralogy, exosphere. The most important is to find “presence” of water ice and hydroxyl.


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