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ISRO launches the PSLV-C38 with Cartosat-2s, 30 Nano satellites


PSLV-C38 - On Friday  June23, 2017 at 9:22 am ISRO launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. It was the PSLV’s 40th flight. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) carried the 31 satellites including earth observation satellite Cartosat-2s and other 30 Nano satellites.


  • Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) weighed about 955 kg, with the weight of Cartosat-2 series being 712 k, and 30 co-passenger satellites  together weighing about 243 kg.

  • Among the countries came up for getting their nano satellites launched, Austria, Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the UK and the US are some of them.

  • Another Nano satellite NIUSAT (Noorul Isalm University) was made by the Indian students of Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

  •  Around 16 minutes after, the vehicle put the main satellite Cartosat-2s and 30 other Nano satellites in the orbit. The satellite is the sixth in the Cartosat-2 series.

  • ISRO launched 104 satellites onboard PSLV-C37 on February 15 this year, after that this launch is marked as second highest number of Satellites in single Flight.

About Catrosat-2 Series Satellite:

Catrosat-2s is a remote sensing satellite, it is similar in configuration to earlier five satellites of the carosat-2 series.Catrosat-2s provide the regular remote sensing services using its panchromatic and multispectral cameras.

  • The earlier satellites in this series had a resolution of 0.8 metres and the images it took on, the images from one of the satellites, Cartosat-2C, was helped during the India's surgical strikes on Pakistan last year.

  • The latest remote sensing Catrosat-2s satellite has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot even smaller objects.

  • The images sent by the Catrosat-2s 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.

One Indian University Satellite (NIUSAT):

NIUSAT is an Indian Nano satellite. NIUSAT satellite was made by the Indian students of Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. It is built to provide the multispectral imagery for agriculture crop monitoring and disaster management support application.

PSLV-C38 Other 29 Nano International Satellites:


This is the Austria satellite. It is used for measuring the plasma temperature and density in the temperature.


This is the Belgium satellite. Objective of this satellite is Atmospheric Ion/Neutral Particle Detection and Space Imaging.


This is Belgium satellite. Objective of this is Demonstration of the Effectiveness of drag deorbiting from LEO using inflatable boom and motor driver sail combination.

UCL Sat:  

This is also the Belgium satellite. It is used to measure ions and neutral in the thermosphere.

PSLV-C38 launch


This is the Chile satellite. It is used to study the physics of LEO environment and its effect on electronic and systems.


This is the Czech Republic satellite. It is used for Atmospheric research.


This is the Finland Satellite. It is used for Technology demonstration of miniature Fabry-Perot spectral imager, small radiation monitor and satellite deorbiting with Plasma Brake.


This is the France Satellite. It is used for Scientific and educative purposes.


This is the Germany Satellite. Objective of this satellite is Drag Sail deployment and fast de-orbiting removal demonstration.


This is the Italy Satellite. Objective of this satellite is In-Orbit demonstration of reliable fail-safe computing architecture and a drag sail for deorbiting.


This is the Italy Satellite. This is used to demonstrate D-Orbit’s decommissioning technology on-orbit.

Max Valier:

This is also the Italy Satellite. This is the Educational satellite with X-Ray telescope for universe mapping and maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS).


This is the Japan Satellite. This is used for Demonstration of remote sensing base on Canon group technology.



This is the Latvia Satellite. It is An Educational satellite for Maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS), spherical 360 degree imaging system for vision based attitude determination and navigation experiments.


This is the Lithuania Satellite. It is used for oxygen measurements Flux-Φ-Probe Experiment (FIPEX) and Ecologic chemical propulsion (EPSS) orbital demonstration.


This is the Slovakia Satellite. This is used for technology verification and Popularization of science and technology.

3 Diamonds (3 Nos.):

This is the United Kingdom Satellite. This satellite used to provide voice, instant messaging, M2M and loT services as a commercial demonstration for a full equatorial constellation.


This is the USA Satellite. This satellite is used for demonstration of GPS radio occultation sensor that allows the measurement of global weather patterns with high accuracy.


This is the USA Satellite. This satellite is used for Technology demonstration for deorbiting the Nano satellites.

LEMUR-2 (8 Nos.):

This is the also USA Satellite. Objective of this satellite is Vessel tracking using Automatic Identification System (AIS) and weather measurement using GPS Radio Occultation. Other nine Nano international satellites were also carried by PSLV-C38 and put in the orbit successfully

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