(ORDO NEWS) — Indian space agency ISRO launched a one-ton Earth observation satellite and eight nanosatellites into sun-synchronous polar orbit aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
The rocket lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at 08:26 UTC. The main payload, EOS-06, separated from the upper stage of the rocket about 17 minutes after liftoff at an altitude of 742 kilometers. Other satellites were deployed 114-125 minutes after launch.
ISRO Chairman S. Somnath announced the mission’s success in a speech given about two hours after launch.
“I am very pleased to announce the successful completion of the PSLV-C54/EOS-06 mission,” the chairman said. “We also noted
The November 26 launch was ISRO’s fifth and final mission in 2022. The first mission in February launched three satellites into low Earth orbit aboard a PSLV rocket, followed by the launch of three satellites in June aboard PSLV.
The unsuccessful first flight of a small launch vehicle (SSLV) in August, and the successful launch of 36 OneWeb satellites in October aboard a rocket geosynchronous satellite carrier (GSLV) Mark 3. According to ISRO, this was the 56th flight of the PSLV rocket since its commissioning in 1993.
Meanwhile, India‘s Skyroot Aerospace launched the country’s first privately developed Vikram-S rocket on November 18 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
It was a suborbital launch aimed at testing and validating technologies that will be applied on the first Vikram 1 orbital-class launch vehicle, which the company plans to launch in 2023.
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