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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.
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About the Launch
i) The PSLV -C40 successfully placed the Cartosat-2 series satellite into sun-synchronous orbit.
ii) The PSLV-C40 placed 31 satellites, originating from seven countries-Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
iii)The mission is a unique one since the satellites were launched in two orbits. Thirty of the satellites were launched in an orbit 550 km about, and one 359-km above the Earth. This was done through what scientists call the “multiple burn technology” under which the rocket’s engine is switched off and then switched on to control its height.
The remote-sensing satellite is the main payload aboard the PSLV C-40. It will boost data services for urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, monitoring of road networks, water distribution, and land-use mapping.