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ISRO launches PSLV C-49 carrying 10 satellites, its first in 2020

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C49 on Saturday which will deliver 10 satellites in all.

Among the satellites that the PSLV is carrying on its 51st mission is EOS-01, an earth observation satellite, which will provide agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.

The nine other satellites are from Lithuania (1), Luxembourg (4) and USA (4).

The carrier was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 3.12 pm.

Soon after the lift-off, EOS-01 and all other nine customer satellites were successfully separated and injected into the orbit.

This is ISRO’s first mission in 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, ISRO could not undertake any other planned missions this year so far.

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ISRO said the customer satellites were being launched under a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), department of space.

The viewing gallery for the launch as well as the presence of media personnel was not allowed during the launch.

Modi praises launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) for the successful launch of the 51st mission of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

He praised the scientists associated with the mission and said they overcame major challenges to ensure timely launch of the vehicle.

“I congratulate @Isro and India’s space industry for the successful launch of PSLV-C4/EOS-01 Mission today. In the time of COVID-19, our scientists overcame many constraints to meet the deadline,” PM tweeted.

 

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