The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its PSLV C36 Resourcesat-2A at 10.25 am Wednesday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The satellite is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users. It will carry similar payloads as carried by its predecessors Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. The 36-hour countdown of the satellite launch started at 10.25 pm on Monday.
The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 321 ton tore into the morning skies with a reverberating sound breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull. The PSLV rocket is a four stage engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively. The Resourcesat-2A weighing 1,235 kg was injected into an 817 kilometer polar Sun Synchronous Orbit at around 20 minutes into the destination.
The PSLV C36 is the 38th flight of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. PSLV has emerged as the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO offered for launching satellites for international customers.
Between 1994 and 2016, the PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites