Isro to launch SCATSAT, seven other satellites on 26 September

Isro says SCATSAT would be placed into a 720 km Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit , whereas the seven other satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit


A file photo of Isro campus in Bangalore. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
A file photo of Isro campus in Bangalore. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

Bengaluru: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Wednesday said it would launch SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) on 26 September.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 37th flight, (PSLV-C35) will launch the satellites at 9:12 hours on 26 September 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Isro said.

The 377 kg SCATSAT-1 satellite will have satellites from Algeria, Canada and USA, as well as two satellites from Indian Universities as its co-passenger.

Isro said SCATSAT-1 would be placed into a 720 km Polar SSO, whereas the two Universities satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit.

This is the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits.

Isro said PSLV-C35 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre and it will be the 15th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

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