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Mission typeDeployment of 31 satellites
WebsiteISRO website
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle
Spacecraft typeExpendable launch vehicle
Start of mission
Launch date09:29:00, 23 June 2017 (IST) (2017-06-23T09:29:00IST) (IST)
RocketPolar Satellite Launch Vehicle
Launch siteSriharikota Launching Range

PSLV-C38 was the 40th mission of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) program and its 17th mission in the XL configuration. PSLV-C38 successfully carried and deployed 31 satellites in sun-synchronous orbits. It was launched on 23 June 2017 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.[1]

Payload and other parameters[edit]

PSLV-C38 carried the Indian mapping satellite Cartosat-2E as its main payload that weighed 712 kilograms (1,570 lb). 30 smaller satellites were carried as secondary payload, among them the Indian university NIUSAT monitoring satellite, Japanese CE-SAT1 technology demonstrator, Austrian AT-03 Pegasus research satellite and American CICERO-6 weather satellite. Satellites of Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic VZLUSat-1, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia SkCube, and the United Kingdom were also launched.[2]

The NIUSAT satellite, weighing around 15 kilograms (33 lb), was prepared as a collaborative work by over 200 students of the Noorul Islam University, Kanyakumari and is used for disaster management and crop monitoring. The work on the satellite began in 2007 and cost 37 crore (US$5.2 million) with help from ISRO. It was conceived by University's chancellor A. P. Majeed Khan post 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.[3]

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh stated that ISRO earned 45.2 crore (EUR 6.1 million) from launching foreign satellites on PSLV-C38.[4][5]


  1. ^ "PSLV-C38 launch live updates: ISRO successfully puts Cartosat-2 Series and 30 other satellites into orbit". Indian Express. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ T. K. Rohit (23 June 2017). "PSLV-C38 lobs 31 satellites into orbit". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ T. Nandakumar (22 June 2017). "PSLV-C38 rocket: Dream come true for T.N. students". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. ^ "ISRO earned 6.1 million euros for 29 foreign nano satellites launched on June 23". Hindustan Times. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Isro earns 6.1 million euros from 29 nanosatellite launches on June 23 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 July 2017.

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