Photos: 40th PSLV blasts off with 31 Satellites for India & International Customers

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Center on the country’s east coast at 3:59 UTC, 9:29 a.m. local time on Friday on a mission to deliver 31 satellites for 15 countries into a Sun Synchronous Orbit just over 500 Kilometers in altitude. Carrying a total payload of 955 Kilograms, PSLV successfully lifted the CartoSat-2E Earth-imaging satellites plus 30 secondary payloads with a total mass of 243 Kilograms with individual satellites ranging between 1 kg and 60 kg, comprised of four microsatellites and 26 CubeSats between 1U and 6U.

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All Photos: Indian Space Research Organization