Will Nasa-Isro satellite pass the Donald Trump test?

On February 15 this year, the PSLV-C37 mission launched 104 satellites into orbit at one go, scripting history.

This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2 series satellites.

The rocket is carrying satellites from India and 14 other countries, including Austria, Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia, as part of an global commercial arrangement by the state-run Indian Space Research Organization.

An Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Friday morning lifted off successfully with the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign and one Indian).

With the successful launch of "eye in the sky" Cartosat-2E satellite with surveillance capabilities last Friday, the total number of satellites being used for military goal has gone up to 13, an Isro source said.

Modi said that Cartosat satellite would help in agricultural activities.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Isro for the successful polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites. India also has the capability to launch anti-satellite weapon (ASAT), which is meant to destroy enemy satellites.

Kumar said the GSAT-19 has reached the designated location and all the payloads have been switched on and it has started performing. "Our plan is to have two Mark-II and two Mark-III launches apart from eight to ten PSLV launches per year", he said.

The satellites will be used for communications, weather forecasting and monitoring crops.

Friday's lift-off comes 18 days after India put a three-tonne satellite, its heaviest, into the orbit matching the technical know-how of the United states, Russia, China, Japan and the European Space Agency.

The Cartosat-2 can accurately spot objects within a square of 0.6 metre by 0.6 metres. After a flight of 24 minutes, the rocket laced the 712-kg Cartosat-2 series satellite and co-passenger satellites weighing 243 kg into their Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

  • Carolyn Briggs