New Delhi, Nov 26, 2022: On Saturday, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully launched nine satellites, including eight nanosatellites, into space.
The satellites were launched from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre located in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.
The 44.4 meter rocket boasted lift-off mass of 321 tonnes wherein the primary satellite was the Earth Observation Satellite-6, also known as the Oceansat-3.
The eight other nanosatellites had been jointly developed by private companies from India and Bhutan. The Earth Observation Satellite-06 is the third-generation satellite in the Oceansat series and it has been devised to offer continuity services of Oceansat-2 spacecraft with improved payload specifications in addition to application areas.
The satellite will be deployed in the sun-synchronous orbit. These satellites are synchronised to always stay in the same fixed position relative to Sun.
PSLV-C-54 is also carrying Anand, a technology demonstrator nano satellite, which is set at demonstrating the capabilities and commercial applications of miniaturized earth-observation cameras.
The mission would be one of the longest ones taken up by the Isro scientists who would channel the rocket to change orbits using two-orbit change thrusters (OCTs) employed in the PSLV-C54 launch vehicle.