On 22 June morning, the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh along with 20 satellites.
While India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for observation of the earth will be the rocket’s main cargo, the other 19 satellites weighing 560 kg are will be from Canada, Germany, the United States and Indonesia and one each from the College of Engineering, Pune Sathyabama University, Chennai.
The rocket will take off from the second launch pad with a total payload of 1,288 kg. The entire mission will be completed in 26 minutes.
The Cartosat satellite images will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other applications.
While the 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat will collect data on green house gases, the one-kg Swayam satellite will provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.