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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.

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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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