India’s Space Agency ISRO on September 26 compleated its longest and most complex mission when it launched eight satellites from one rocket into two different orbits.
These satellites were launched via India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-37), and was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 9:12 am.
Out of these eight satellites, three satellites are from India, three from Algeria, and one each from Canada and the US.
One of the three Indian satellites that have been launched is SCATSAT which is meant for ocean and weather forecasts, cyclone detection and tracking.
India also shares it’s weather forecast data with the US, and in 2012 had helped them track Hurricane Sandy.
What was most special about this launch was that most countries launch satellites in a single orbit, whereas ISRO did it in two.
This is also what made this mission a challenge as the PSLV launches its payloads in two different orbits. For this, it uses the twin-orbit manoeuvre which implies stop-start of the rocket, that too while travelling at a speed of more than 2660 kmph.
Congratulating ISRO on its successful launch, PM Modi also sent out a tweet to the scientists, saying they have made India proud: