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World's lightest satellite 'Kalamsat-V2' lifts-off successfully from Sriharikota

World's lightest satellite 'Kalamsat-V2' lifts-off successfully from Sriharikota

The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from the first launchpad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11.37 pm at the end of a 28-hour countdown.

An updated version of India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) was used on Thursday to deliver two communications satellites into orbit. The PSLV-C44 will put Student's satellite KalamSAT and military satellite Microsat-R in space from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

KalamSat is the world's lightest satellite!

Sivan congratulated the students who designed Kalamsat and said, "For the first time the PS4 will be revived for students to do experiments". PSLV-C44 will also carry Microsat-R, an imaging satellite.

The PSLV was launched in a new configuration called PSLV-DL.

The fourth stage of the rocket with co-passenger Kalamsat, a students' payload, would now be moved to a higher circular orbit, around 450 kms from earth, so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.

A satellite built out of a collaboration between the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and the California Institute of Technology, is also expected to have a 2019 launch.

The GSAT-7 and GSAT-7A are the two dedicated military communication satellites, while all other earth observation and communication satellites launched earlier were of dual use - civilian and defence.

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The launch was another feather in the cap for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which won Asia´s race to Mars in 2014 when one of its spacecraft reached the Red Planet on a shoestring budget.

Kalamsat is a payload developed by students and Chennai based Space Kidz India for the first time.

In its normal configuration, the rocket would have six strap-on motors hugging its first stage.

Isro is the not the first space agency to try this "waste to wealth innovation".

For its part, ISRO is experimenting on two aspects of the vehicle. Later experiments with PS4 will be improved gradually, he said.

PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV. "It will happen by December 2021".

So far nine satellites made by Indian students have found a place on space rockets.

PSLV is a four-stage launch vehicle. I request you bring your science experiments, and plug in to PS4.