ISRO recently launched the PSLV-C28 carrying 5 UK satellites to the Lower Earth Orbit. These international customer satellites have been launched as part of the arrangement entered into between DMC International Imaging (DMCii), a wholly owned subsidiary of SSTL, UK; and Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a Government of India Company under Department of Space.
Here are some must know facts about PSLV-C28.
1- PSLV stands for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, Having been in service for over 2 decades and its one of the most reliable launch vehicles in the World.
2- Previously the PSLV has been used to launch and complete significant historic missions such as Chandrayaan 1, Mars Orbiter Mission, IRNSS etc. This is the PSLV’s 30th Mission.
3-This Vehicle codenamed as the PSLV-C28 is the heaviest Satellite Launch Vehicle in the World weighing over 1400 kg and is in the high-end XL configuration which has been used only 9 times so far(including this).
4- It was launched from Satish Dhawan Space center, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Friday 9:58 PM
5- This launch will take 3 DMC3 optical observation satellite each weighing around 450 kg and 3m in height along with two technology demonstrator satellites a 9kg CBNT-1 and a 7kg Deorbit-Sail mount the DCM3, thats 5 satellites all together which would be launched in the Lower Earth Orbit(LEO)
6- These satellites are built by the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited(SSTL) and the Deorbit-Sail was put together by the Surrey Space Center, UK
7- According to ISRO the main purpose of the mission is Surveying Earth and its Environment and Resources, Monitoring Disasters and Urban Infrastructure Management.
To learn more about the satellite, visit: ISRO‘s official website!