By Sourabh Mishra

India achieved another space milestone by successfully launching multiple satellites from one rocket- Polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV C-35) into two different orbits. PSLV C-35 lifted off from Sriharikota at 9.12am carrying 8 satellites. It was carrying three satellites from India, including the weather satellite SCATSAT-1, three from Algeria and one each from US and Canada.

The weather satellite SCATSAT-1 launched from Sriharikota by Polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV C-35) will study oceans and help in weather forecasting, including cyclone detection. Besides successful launch of Polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV C-35), another matter of proud for India is that out of three satellites launched from India, two are student-made.

Pratham, launched by Polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV C-35), is a 10-kg satellite developed by students of Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. This satellite will study the electron count in space which will help improve the accuracy of the Global Positioning System in India and also predict tsunamis. Another satellite that is 5.25-kg PISAT is made by students of Bengaluru’s PES University. It will take pictures of earth.

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