In Photos: India's PSLV rocket Launches Cartosat-2 Satellite & 30 More!

A Successful Comeback

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On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched 31 satellites, making a comeback from a launch failure in August 2017. See video of the launch here!

A New First

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The Indian Space Research Organisation mounted it's first attempt at a launch since the failure in 2017.

Rising to New Heights

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The PSLV carried the 31 satellites into orbit 313 miles (505 kilometers) above Earth.

Ready for Launch

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The Mobile Service Tower withdraws from the PSLV-C40 as launch draws near.

Sunset View

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At the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, the PSLV-C40 stands at the ready on the launch pad.

Processing for Liftoff

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At the Stage Processing facility, the PSLV-C40's liquid stage is also readied for launch.

The More the Merrier

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The PSLV-C40's heat shield is closed with all 31 satellites inside.

Clean Room View

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Inside a SHAR clean room, the Cartosat-2 Series satellite is prepared for encapsulation and mating to the PSLV.

Assembly Required

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The Core stage of the PSLV-C40 undergoes a Strap-On phase.

Panel Trial

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As part of the preparation for the upcoming launch, the Cartosat-2 Series satellite panels are deployed during a test.

Panels Deployed

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As a precautionary test, the INS-1C has its panels deployed.

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