PSLV makes multi-satellite launch

by | Nov 29, 2018 | India, Launches, Satellites, Seradata News

The Indian launch vehicle PSLV has made another successful launch from the Satish Dhawan Launch Centre, Sriharikota, India, at 0427 GMT on 29 November 2018.

PSLV-CA on flight PSLV-C43 carries its multi-satellite payload into orbit. Courtesy: ISRO

The rocket’s main payload was HYSIS (Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite) for ISRO.  There were 30 other spacecraft on board the flight to a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit:

A total of 16 Flock 3R Earth imaging cubesats were carried for Planet.

3Cat-1 is a technology verification 1U cubesat for the Politechnic University of Catalonia.

Centauri 1 is a 3U Internet of Things (IoT) cubesat for Fleet Space Technologies of Australia.

Cicero-8 is a 6U test weather satellite for GeoOptics, built by Tyvak.

FACSAT is a remote sensing 3U cubesat built built by Gomspace for the EMAVI aviation school of the Columbian Air Force.

HSAT is a 6U cubesat  to test a deployable antenna for Harris Corp.

Hiber 1, carried for Hiberglobal, is a data forwarding comsat for M2M/Internet of Things (IoT) applications

InnoSAT 2 is a 3U technology development cubesat from Malaysia’s Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd (ASTB).

Kepler Case is a test satellite for Kepler LEO Constellation.

Reaktor Hello World is a 2U cubesat with an amateur radio payload from Reaktor Space Lab of Helsinki. It will also test an Infra-red imaging hyperspectral system.

Four ship-tracking and atmospheric research satellites were released on behalf of Spire Global: Lemur 2-Orzulak, Lemur 2-Vladimir, Lemur 2-Kobyszcze and Lemur 2-Duly were carried. The satellites were named after employees at the firm (Correspondent’s comment: Will a Lemur satellite have to be renamed if an employee is fired?).

The release of 50 kg Earth observation satellite Blacksky Global-1 at 0620 GMT completed the deployments. (All times from Jonathan McDowell).

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