The total number of satellites launched by PSLV has now reached 121, of which 42 are Indian and the remaining 79 are from abroad. This is the 36th consecutively successful mission of PSLV.
In this process, India has earned more than $120m from foreign satellite launches so far
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSL,V),in its 37th flight (PSLV-C35), carried and placed the 377 kg SCATSAT-1 and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
Besides the weather satellite SCATSAT-1, two satellites PRATAM and PISAT from Indian academic institutions, three from Algeria (ALSAT1N, 1B and 2B) and one each from Canada (NLS-19) and the United States (Pathfinder-1) were launched in the longest PSLV mission.
This was 15th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
This PSLV-C35 mission was the longest of the PSLV missions conducted till date and was completed in 2 hours 15 minutes and 33 seconds after lift-off.
Tested a new Super Sonic Combustion RAM Jet or Scramjetwhich could bring down launch costs by up to 10-fold.
Launching a satellite on an Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket costs about $140 million.
But the cost of launching a satellite aboard the Falc rocket of SpaceX goes as low as $60 million.
And the average cost of the PSLV rocket of the ISRO is no more than a third of Falcon-9’s.