SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 Scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users. The satellite carries Ku-band Scatterometer similar tothe one flown onboard Oceansat-2. The spacecraft is built around standard IMS-2 Bus and the mass of the spacecraft is 377 kg. The spacecraft will be put in SSP orbit of 720 km altitude with an inclination of 98.1 deg by PSLV-C35. The mission life of the satellite is 5 years.
The SCATSAT-1 was launched by PSLV-C35 on Monday morning at 9:12 hrs (IST) on September 26, 2016 from the First Launch Pad of SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), will launch the SCATSAT1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Co-passenger satellites are from Algeria, Canada and USA as well as two satellites from Indian Universities/ Academic Institute.
SCATSAT1 will be placed into a 730 km Polar SSO whereas; the two Universities/ Academic \ Institute Satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 689 km polar orbit. This is the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits.
PSLV- C35 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. It will be the fifteenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid s trap on motors).