PSLV-C35 Successfully Launches 8 Satellites
The PSLV, in its 37th flight, PSLV-C35, was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota this morning, carrying onboard the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 satellite for weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites together weighing about 304 kg at lift off. The co-passenger satellites were from Algeria, Canada and the USA as well as two satellites from Indian University/Academic Institute. The total weight of all the eight satellites carried onboard PSLV-C35 is about 675 kg.
Of the eight satellites carried by PSLV-C35, SCATSAT-1 is launched into a 730 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) inclined at an angle of 98.1 degree to the equator whereas the two Indian University/Academic Institute satellites and the five satellites from abroad were placed in a 689 km polar orbit of 98.21 degree inclination. This marks the first mission of PSLV in which payloads were launched into two different orbits. The PSLV-C35 also marked the 15th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).