NEW DELHI — India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV– C15) launched the Cartosat–2B advanced remote sensing satellite from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on July 12.
The flight marks the 16th consecutive successful flight of the PSLV.
Four smaller satellites also were launched on the PSLV. They were Studsat, a satellite weighing less than 1 kg. ( 2 lb.) built jointly by students from a consortium of seven engineering colleges from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh; Alsat-2A from Algeri; and two nanosatellites from the University of Toronto, Canada.
After a smooth countdown of 51 hr., the vehicle lifted off at the opening of its launch window at 9:22 a.m. IST. After about 20 min. of flight time, the satellites were successfully injected into a circular orbit of 637 km. (396 mi.) at an orbital inclination of 98.1 deg., according to ISRO. Data indicate that stage ignition and burnouts all occurred nominally.
- Neelam Mathews