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Monday, February 14, 2022

India successfully launches PSLC C52

Another proud day for the Nation.. .. Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro)   successfully launched   Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C52   at 05:59 hours on February 14, 2022 from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.


According to ISRO website, PSLV-C52 is designed to orbit an earth observation satellite (EOS-04), weighing 1710 kg into a sun synchronous polar orbit of 529 km. EOS-04 

PSLV-C52 mission will also carry two small satellites as co-passengers which includes one student satellite (INSPIREsat-1) from Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST) in association with Laboratory of Atmospheric & Space Physics at University of Colorado, Boulder and a technology demonstrator satellite (INS-2TD) from ISRO, which is a precursor to India-Bhutan Joint Satellite (INS-2B). EOS-04 is a Radar Imaging Satellite designed to provide high quality images under all weather conditions for applications such as Agriculture, Forestry & Plantations, Soil Moisture & Hydrology and Flood mapping. 

It was really a happy moment hearing the live feed and seeing from our terrace, a good 100km + away – the rocket on the sky and the separation of booster.  Though could not capture the rocket itself due to early morning mist and low light, this is what the sky looked immediately after !!


The launch was conducted from SAR in Sriharikota at 5:59 am to deploy EOS-04 in the Sun-Synchronous Orbit nearly 529 kilometers above the planet. The four-stage rocket lifted off with a student satellite INSPIRESat and a spacecraft dubbed INSAT-2DT that is a precursor of a joint India-Bhutan mission in the future.  Amid cheers in Mission Control, the launch director announced that all three satellites were successfully deployed. Following the launch, Isro chief S Somnath said, "The mission of PSLV-C52 has been successfully accomplished." 

The first launch of 2022 has set in motion Isro’s plans to conduct 18 other missions this year, including high profile launch of Chandrayaan-3 to the Moon and the much-awaited uncrewed launch of the country’s Gaganyaan mission. 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
14.2.2022 @ 0610 am. 

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