Today, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C49), in its fifty-first flight, was triumphant in launching EOS-01 along with nine international customer satellites from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
PSLV-C49 lifted-off at 1511 Hrs (IST), after a hold up of nine minutes because of freezing weather conditions observed during the countdown. After 15 minutes and 20 seconds, EOS-01 was victorious in injecting in its orbit. Subsequently, nine commercial satellites were injected into their intended orbits. After separation, the two solar arrays of EOS-01 were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru undertook the control of the satellite. In the upcoming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
“PSLV-C49 successfully placed all ten satellites precisely into their orbit” Chairman, ISRO, Dr K. Sivan declared. He congratulated the launch vehicle as well as the satellite teams for jumping to the occasion amidst the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Dr. K. Sivan also briefed about the prospective missions.
EOS-01 is an earth observation satellite, deliberated for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. The nine customer satellites from Lithuania (1), Luxembourg (4) and USA (4) were launched underneath a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
PSLV-C49 is the 2nd flight of PSLV in ‘DL’ configuration (with 2 solid strap-on motors). Apart from being the 51st launch of PSLV, today’s launch was also the 76th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.