India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C35) will be launched at 9.12 am on September 26 with the 377 kg earth observation satellite SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather-related studies and seven co-passenger satellites on board.
The PSLV-C35 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota and the satellites will be placed in a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in an update on its website.
This will be the 37th flight of the workhorse PSLV. The co-passenger satellites include five from Algeria, Canada and the United States and include two from Indian universisties and academic institutions.
SCATSAT-1 will be placed into a 720 km polar SSO whereas the two Indian co-passenger satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit.
This will be the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits. It will be the 15th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
According to ISRO, SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 Scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.
The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.
The spacecraft is built around standard IMS-2 Bus. The mission life of the satellite is five years.