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ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C20

Posted: 27 Feb 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Satellite  Chandrayaan-1  spacecraft 

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C20/SARAL mission. India's space agency launched the Indo-French satellite named 'SARAL' and six foreign mini and micro satellites onboard its rocket PSLV C-20 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

At the completion of the countdown, PSLV-C20 lifted off from the First Launch Pad at SDSC SHAR, at 06:01 pm with the ignition of the first stage of the launch vehicle. After a flight of 17 minutes 55 seconds, the main payload, SARAL, weighing 407kg was injected to an orbit very close to the intended orbit. Following this, the six auxiliary satellites were also successfully injected.

Six mini satellites were UNIBRITE (NLS 8.1) and BRITE (NLS 8.2) from Austria, SAPPHIRE and NEOSSAT from Canada, AAUSAT-3 (NLS 8.3) from Denmark; and STRaND-1 from the United Kingdom.

Satellite with Argos and Altika (SARAL) is an oceanographic satellite jointly developed by ISRO and the French Space Agency CNES. Data from SARAL will be useful for researchers besides having many practical applications like marine meteorology and sea state forecasting, climate monitoring, continental ice studies, environmental monitoring, protection of biodiversity and improvement in maritime security.

The 23rd launch of PSLV-C20—the 22nd consecutive success—also marked the second highest number of satellites being flown in a launch vehicle by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

Since its first successful launch in 1994, PSLV has launched 27 Indian satellites and 35 satellites for customers from abroad. It has also launched India's geosynchronous satellites, Kalpana-1 and GSAT-12. PSLV also launched India's first spacecraft mission to moon, Chandrayaan-1, in 2008. It is scheduled to launch India's first interplanetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, by the end of this year.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee witnessed the remarkable launch of the PSLV C20 SARAL Mission and congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation for successfully executing this Mission.

"I am confident that the SARAL spacecraft launched today would function as planned and perform as designed and serve the intended applications in Ocean Topography, Coastal Altimetry, Ocean currents monitoring and Animal migration studies worldwide. The PSLV has become a household name in our country and this mission would only reaffirm this position through its efficacy, accuracy and reliability of this launch vehicle," Mukherjee said.

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