India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifts off successfully

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off successfully today morning with the country’s earth observation satellite Resourcsat-2A.

Approximately 18 minutes into the flight, the rocket will sling the satellite into an 817 km polar sun synchronous orbit. The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 321 ton was flying at aorund 10.25 a.m.

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The rocket was ferrying India’s earth observation satellite Resourcesat-2A weighing 1,235 kg. The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

According to ISRO, Resourcesat-2A is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, launched in 2003 and 2011 respectively.

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