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Model of a rocket
Model of the PSLV rocket
Mission type Deployment of 31 satellites
Operator ISRO
Website ISRO website
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
Spacecraft type Expendable launch vehicle
Manufacturer ISRO
Payload mass 1,323 kilograms (2,917 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 09:28:00, 12 January 2018 (2018-01-12T09:28:00) (IST)
Rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
Launch site Sriharikota Launching Range
Contractor ISRO
PSLV-C41 →

PSLV-C40 was the 42nd mission of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) program in the XL configuration. PSLV-C40 successfully carried and deployed 31 satellites in sun-synchronous orbits.[1]

Two Surrey Satellite Technology satellites were launched, the 100 kg Carbonite-2 Earth Observation technology demonstrator and the 168 kg Telesat LEO Phase 1 communications satellite.[2][3]

Four SpaceBEE sub-CubeSats were launched to test "2-way satellite communications and data relay", probably for the Silicon Valley company Swarm Technologies. However the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had denied regulatory approval for Swarm Technologies 10 cm × 10 cm × 2.8 cm BEE satellites as they were too small to be reliably tracked by the United States Space Surveillance Network, so may become an impact hazard to other satellites. If confirmed the FCC may take regulatory action over these satellites.[4][5]

Launched satellites[edit]


  1. ^ "PSLV-C40/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission - ISRO". ISRO. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. ^ "SSTL confirms the successful launch of CARBONITE-2 and Telesat LEO Phase 1 satellite". Surrey Satellite Technology Limited. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Earth Observation's Flying Start to 2018". Pixalytics. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  4. ^ Harris, Mark (9 March 2018). "FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  5. ^ Sheetz, Michael (9 March 2018). "Former Google engineer's start-up slammed by FCC for unauthorized satellite launch". CNBC News. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ Wall, Mike (11 January 2018). "Planetary Resources' Asteroid-Mining Goals Move Closer with Satellite Launch". Retrieved 13 January 2018.

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