ISRO PSLV-C42 launch: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched its heavy-weight rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), into orbit carrying two foreign satellites on Sunday. The launch took place from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.
Within minutes of the launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and congratulated space scientists for demonstrating "India's prowess."
"Congratulations to our space scientists! ISRO successfully launched PSLV C42, putting two UK satellites in orbit, demonstrating India's prowess in the competitive space business," Modi said in a tweet.
Congratulations to our space scientists! ISRO successfully launched PSLV C42, putting two UK satellites in orbit, demonstrating India's prowess in the competitive space business. @isro— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2018
All you need to know about the ISRO event:
The mission was designed for launch of the two earth observation satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4 (together weighing nearly 889 kg) of M/s Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corporation Limited, Department of Space. Both satellites were launched into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit.
NovaSAR is a S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use & ice cover monitoring, flood & disaster monitoring. S1-4 is a high resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for the disaster monitoring.
PSLVC42 launch (at 10:08 pm, IST) Live streaming from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota was available at www.isro.gov.in
The telecast/webcast began at 9.30 pm (IST) giving you all details of the launch.
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