ISRO has successfully launched PSLV-C-35 injecting India's SCATSAT-1 in orbit. Here are the key highlights of the mission:
ISRO's longest PSLV mission
This will be ISRO’s longest PSLV satellite launch mission spread over two hours and and 15 minutes.
8 satellites, different orbits
The 320 tonne PSLV rocket will carry 8 satellites. The main cargo will be the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies which will be placed into a 730 km polar sun synchronous orbit. The other seven satellites will be placed in a 689 km polar orbit.
Mastering the art
This is not the first time ISRO is attempting this complex art. In December last year, the space agency has put six Singaporean satellites using the same technique, which is called multiple burn technology wherein the fourth stage of the rocket will be switched-off and on.
Foreign and domestic satellites
On board will will five foreign satellites: three from Algeria (Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg); and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and the US (Pathfinder-44kg). The two other Indian satellites are: Pratham (10kg) built by Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay and Pisat (5.25 kg) from PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.