It’s almost time for us to stand up and salute the folks working at ISRO… again! This time, for their excellent work on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) – C28. At 9:58 PM today, the satellite is set to mark one of the biggest commercial launches ever.
Now, wouldn’t it be cool to know more about this launch? Here’s what it’s all about:
1. PSLV-C28 is the heaviest commercial vehicle so far, all set to take off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh.
Sriharikota is 90 Kms from Chennai.
2. The s atellite’s overall lift-off mass is a whooping 1440kgs.
3. The lau nch will take 3 identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites to a 647km sun-synchronous orbit; each of which is 3 meters in height and 447kgs in weight.
4. In addition to this, 2 technology demonstrator satellites: a 9kg earth observation micr o-satellite called CBNT-1 and a 7kg technology demonstration nanosatellite called De-OrbitSai; mount the DCM3 as auxiliaries.
5. That’s 5 satellites together! Among them, they can easily photograph any target on Earth’s surface.
6. They’re phased with a separation of 120° between them and will be launched into a single Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) plane.
This is what the LEO looks like.