PSLV 16 Rocket with Cartosat 2B satellite launched by ISRO
Indian Space Research Organization, also known by its abbreviated name ISRO, succeeded to launch its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle today, on July 12, 2010. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle 16 or PSLV 16 was successfully slung into the orbit five satellites. The project also included the slinging of the Cartosat-2B which is a very advanced cartography satellite with a high resolution. It was launched from Shriharikota of Andra Pradesh. The PSLV 16 weighs 230 tons. The height of the PSLV 16 is 44 metres. The total weight of the five satellites in that PSLV 16 was 819 kilograms.
PSLV 16 being launched
The main cargo of the PSLV 16 was the Cartosat-2B satellite. The Cartosat-2B satellite weighed 694 kilograms. Apart from the Cartosat-2B satellite, the other satellites that were injected into the orbit by the PSLV 16 follow:
1. Alsat-2A, a remote sensing satellite of Algeria. It weighed 116 kilograms.
2. Two foreign mini satellites of Canada. The NLS 6.1 AISSAT-1 weighed 6.5 kg and was constructed by the University of Toronto, Canada. The NLS 6.2 TISAT weighed only 1 kilogram and was manufactured by the University of Applied Sciences of Switzerland.
3. STUDSAT, a satellite built by the students of seven engineering colleges in Karnatak and Andhra Pradesh. It weighs even less than a kilogram.
The Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization, Mr. K. Radhakrishnan, was ecstatic about the successful launce of this PSLV 16. He has also informed that all the satellites have been precisely and perfectly projected, as expected. After twenty minutes from the blasting off of the rocket, PSLV 16 released the main satellite Cartosat-2B. Alsat-2A and the other three mini satellites then followed one after another. This has been yet another sparkling success of Indian astronomy and added yet another golden laurel to the crown of India.