The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV-C14) has successfully launched the Oceansat-2 and six other nano satellites into orbit.

PSLV’s fourth stage placed Oceansat-2 into orbit at an altitude of about 728km, 18 minutes into the flight.

Six nano-satellites, Cubesat 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Rubinsat 9.1 and 9.2 were placed into their respective orbits as auxiliary payloads.

The 960kg Oceansat-2 is an ocean monitoring satellite that carries three payloads; a eight-band ocean colour monitor payload that can image a strip of land or ocean of 1,420km with a resolution of 360m and work in the visible and near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The auxiliary payloads of PSLV-C14 are educational satellites from European universities, and are intended to test new technologies.

This was the 15th successful flight for the PSLV.