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This was PSLV’s fourth fully commercial launch and ISRO’s mission number 114.
The PSLV-C23 rocket will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Sriharikota.
“PSLV, in its 25th successive successful flight, injected IRNSS-1B very precisely…” said ISRO
Chairman K Radhakrishnan.
The TeLEOS-1 is equipped with an electro-optical camera capable of taking images at ground resolution of one metre.
GSLV is 49 metre tall and capable of launching satellites which are 2000 kg-2500 kg.
SDSC SHAR currently has two operation launchpads providing launch support for satellites.
The 29-hour countdown that began on Sunday progressed smoothly till about two hours before the scheduled launch.
The data from the satellite would help the country in disaster management.
The new rocket,which can put a four tonne satellite in orbit,will help Antrix Corporation,ISRO’s commercial arm,to offer cheapest space launches in niche market.
GSAT-12 was injected into an elliptical Transfer Orbit of 284 km perigee and 21,000 km apogee.
It’s only for the second time ever that PSLV is being used to loft a communication satellite.
Controversy also flavoured the year – be it in case of GM foods or mishandling of radiation sources in Delhi.
ISRO intended to make a series of launches in 2011-2012 including a ‘Youth Satellite’.