The launch of 31 satellites, including three of India and 28 of six other countries, by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will begin at 5.29 am and will lift off at 9.29 am from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre -- about 90 km off Chennai.
Here are the Live updates:
9.50am: Cartosat-2 successfully separates from PSLV-C40. It is a remote sensing satellite in its series and has the mission life of five years. 9.45am: Fourth stage engine has been shut off.
9.40am: Third stage separation successful, fourth stage engine ignited.
9.30am: PSLV-C40 carrying 31 satellites lifts off from Sriharikota launch pad.
8:50am: Cartosat-2 Series Satellite is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C40. This remote sensing satellite is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series and is intended to augment data services to the users.
8:40am: The flight is the first since the setback suffered by the PSLV in August last and is set to demonstrate that the workhorse rocket is back in the game for reliable satellite launches in the low earth and polar orbits.
8:30am: The satellite’s uses include monitoring urban and rural applications, coastal land use regulation, managing services like road networks and water distribution, detecting changes in geographical features and creation of land use maps.
8:15am: This satellite is the seventh remote sensing satellite in its series and has the mission life of five years.
8:00am: Minister of state for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh tells ANI: “It is a historic day for us and a great headway for India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arranged a brainstorming session between space scientists and officials from different government departments so that they could understand the diverse applications of space technology in transforming India.
(Source: The Hindustan Times)