New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday launched the PSLV SCATSAT-1 rocket which will carry seven other satellites and will be ISRO's longest mission.
According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the countdown for the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) began at 8.42 a.m.
This will be ISRO's longest PSLV satellite launch mission spread over two hours and fifteen minutes.
The 320 tonne PSLV rocket carrying eight satellites - three Indian and five foreign - will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota on September 26 at 9.12 a.m.
Sriharikota - Visuals from the site: ISRO to launch PSLV's longest flight SCATSAT-1 today for ocean, weather studies. pic.twitter.com/edGWeLw9xd
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The rocket's 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 around 17 minutes into the flight.
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According to ISRO, SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.
The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.
The mission life of the satellite is five years.