On July 12, 2010 at 03:52 UTC the PSLV С-15 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket-carrier was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s Sriharikota island in the Bay of Bengal.
The four-stage rocket-carrier orbited 5 satellites.
The mission's primary payload is the Indian Cartosat 2B satellite. The 694 kilogram satellite has a black-and-white camera with the resolution of 0.8 meters giving users close views of cities, neighborhoods, natural resources and military sites around the world. The imagery will have applications in resource mapping, urban planning, transportation studies, water monitoring, and crop inventories.
The India’s rocket also orbited the Alsat 2A remote sensing satellite for Algeria. Built by EADS Astrium of France, the spacecraft carries an imaging instrument with a maximum resolution of 2.5 meters.
The NLS-6.1 satellite to demonstrate maritime ship-tracking technologies was also launched aboard the PSLV. The craft was built by the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies for the Norwegian government.
Two more small satellites, TIsat 1 and Studsat, were launched for Swiss and Indian university students.