This Friday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 31 satellites, including foreign nano satellites, onboard their PSLV launch vehicle.
The rocket, in its 40th flight, will lift off with Cartosat-2E, an Earth Observation satellite with 30 other smallsats at 9:29 a.m. from the first launch pad at Sriharikota spaceport. The satellites will be placed in a 505 km polar sun synchronous orbit.
The 29 smallsats aboard the PSLV will include 14 different countries : Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the UK and the U.S. There will be one smallsat from India made by students of Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.
The 712 kg Cartosat-2E is the sixth satellite in the Cartosat-2 series and will provide regular, remote sensing services using its panchromatic and multispectral cameras. The images sent by the satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other land information system (LIS) as well as geographical information system (GIS) applications.
Article sourced from The Times of India infosite.