PSLV-C38 rocket carrying Cartosat-2 and other satellites had a successful take off on Friday morning.The rocket blasted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.29 am as scheduled. This will be the seventeenth flight of PSLV in the 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).The 28-hour countdown operation for the PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series satellite mission started on Thursday at 05:29 hours IST after the mission readiness review committee and launch authorisation board cleared the countdown on Wednesday.This is the 40th flight of Isro's workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The PSLV-C38 is carrying the 712-Kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites, togetherweighing about 243 Kg at lift-off, into a 505-Km Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.The primary cargo, the Cartosat-2 series satellite, is a remote sensing satellite. The co-passenger satellites comprise 30 nano satellites from India and 14 other countries — Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The total weight of all the satellites carried onboard PSLV-C38 is about 955 Kg.The 30 international customer nano satellites are being launched as partof commercial arrangements with Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), Isro's commercial arm.