PSLV launch successful - puts five satellites in orbit
|A video (in Telugu/hindi) about PSLV Launch|
PSLV proved it again . The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C-15 carrying remote sensing Cartosat-2B along with four satellites blasted off from the spaceport near here on Monday morning. The four-stage 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C-15 lifted off at the end of a 51-hour countdown from the Satish Dhawan space centre at 9.22 AM.
At the end of an over 51-hour countdown, the 44.4 metre-tall four-stage PSLV-C-15, costing Rs 260 crore, blasted off from a launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre with ignition of the core first stage and placed the satellites in orbit one after the other.
The rocket soared into skies in clear weather leaving behind plumes of smoke. In total it placed five satellites into orbit, including CARTOSAT-2B, Alsat from Algeria, two nano satellites from Canada and Switzerland, and a pico (very small) satellite Studsat built by seven engineering students of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The countdown started on Saturday morning for the launch of the 44-metre tall, 230-tonne PSLV.
This is not the first time ISRO is placing multiple satellites in to orbits. Before this ISRO placed a record 10 satellites at a time in a single launch.
Congratulating ISRO for its success in placing the Cartosat -2B and four other satellites in orbit, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Monday said the space agency had made India proud. “Congratulations to all of you on a perfect take off”, he said, adding that this was the first time he was witnessing a launch despite being associated with ISRO as a member of the Space Commission many years ago.
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