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India successfully launches Earth observation satellite plus 12 cubesats

India today successfully used its PSLV rocket to launch its own Cartosat-3 Earth observation satellite plus 12 cubesats for the commercial company Planet.

This was India’s fifth launch in 2019.

The leaders in the 2019 launch race remain unchanged:

26 China
18 Russia
11 SpaceX
7 Europe (Arianespace)

China leads the U.S. 26 to 23 in the national rankings.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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5 comments

  • wayne

    This version is extremely well done; lots of telemetry, animation, and coherent call-outs in English. Unfortunately it looked to be a cloudy day so very little actual rocket-in-flight video.

    PSLV-C47 launch
    Doordarshan National
    https://youtu.be/LjFK5Ggwpis
    1:19:38

    interesting factoid;
    “Cartosat-3’s cameras offers a ground resolution of 25cm at 500km.”

  • BreakofGauge

    Hi, Bob,

    The Ariane website lists eight launches in 2019, you list seven. Why the difference; did one fail? Thanks.

  • BreakofGauge: One did fail, a Vega launch on July 11. I only count successful launches.

  • Wayne:

    Watched the video; thanks for the link. I don’t think I’ve watched an Indian launch before, and a little surprised to see that the launch vehicle is the smallest structure on the pad. Gets the job done, though.

  • wayne

    Blair-
    –Har, definitely has that Fireball XL5 motif going on.
    –Coverage was from Indian Public Television and they did an excellent job.

    pivoting….

    A Day of Thanksgiving 1951
    Centron Films Lawrence Kansas
    https://youtu.be/HocXg3soHZM
    12:20

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