The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) rocket PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) C54 embarked a successful launch which carried an earth observing satellite along-with 8 nano satellites. The rocket lifted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

The PSLV Schedule

ISRO’s PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket took off from the launch pad at 11.56 am, placed all the nine satellites into their designated orbits within two hours. This made it the longest mission of the ISRO till date.

The successful launch of the PSLV mission has happened after a week since the ISRO launched the India’s first privately-built satellite named Vikram-S, from its spacestation in Sriharikota.

Check out the launch video posted on ISRO’s official YouTube channel: Launch of PSLV-C54/EOS-06 Mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

The Satellite Layoff in the Orbits

The primary satellite (EOS-06) was separated in Orbit-1, two Orbit Change Thrusters (OCTs) were set off in the propulsion bay ring of the rocket and gradually changed the orbit after which the remaining eight were placed in different orbits in Orbit-2.

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Joint Efforts of India-Bhutan via SAT

The satellite jointly developed by India and Bhutan was launched along with eight other nano satellites on an Indian rocket, paving the way for the Himalayan country to use high-resolution imagery for the management of its natural resources.

The launch of this prestigious SAT was also witnessed from Bhutan by information and communications minister Karma Donnen Wangdi. Also, a group of 18 journalists from Bhutan, who are on a week-long tour to India, were present at the launch ceremony as well.

The Scientists Breaks Down the Configuration of the Rocket and Satellites

The specifications and configurations of the satellites as revealed by the scientists are as follows- EOS-06, which is the third generation satellite in the Oceansat series, is aimed to provide continuity in services of Oceansat-2 spacecraft with enhanced payload specifications.

Scientists said the other objectives of the primary satellite is to ensure the data continuity of ocean color and wind vector data to sustain the operational applications.

Astrocast, a 3U spacecraft, is a technology demonstrator satellite for the Internet of Things (IoT) as the payload. There are in total 4 numbers of Astrocast Satellites in this mission. These spacecraft have in-built ISISpace QuadPack dispenser, while Thybolt is a 0.5U spacecraft bus that includes a communication payload to enable rapid technology demonstration and constellation development for multiple users.

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What the External Minister and ISRO Chairperson have to say to the Scientists

ISRO Chairman S Somnath addressed the scientists that, “The PSLV-C54 mission is declared successful with all nine satellites being placed precisely into their intended orbits. I congratulate the entire team at ISRO for yet another successful launch.”

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on the joint collaboration between India and Bhutan,  stated that “the launch of the satellite with two payloads as a “historic milestone” in bilateral cooperation with the tiny kingdom and our two sides have taken their relationship to new and emerging areas in the 21st century.”


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