Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ISRO has launched PSLV C16 Successfully.

India has launched PSLV C16  Successfully today.

ISRO  has announced as "PSLV-C16 successfully launches RESOURCESAT-2, YOUTHSAT & X-SAT"

It was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India.

It is the 17th successful launch of the PSLV

This Success  is very important for the ISRO as it was facing some difficulties recently.

  • Last year saw the dramatic back-to-back failures of two of the larger rockets, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, that plunged down into the Bay of Bengal
  • Four ISRO made satellites failed one after the other.
  • The organisation was singed by the S-band corruption scandal when the ISRO-Devas deal was annulled by the government.

Find below the video of PSLV C16 launch as viewed from South Chennai.

It puts below 3 satellites.
  • RESOURCESAT-2 built by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) - the primary satellite is an advanced remote sensing satellite weighing 1206 kg for facilitating the study and management of natural resources.
  • YOUTHSAT weighing 92 kg is a joint Indo-Russian satellite for stellar and atmospheric studies.
  • X-SAT weighing 106 kg is a microsatellite for imaging applications built by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
 PSLV can launch IRS (Indian Remote Sensing) Satellites into sun synchronous orbits, and it can also launch small size satellites into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). The PSLV has four stages using solid and liquid propulsion systems alternately

Among the key launches undertaken by the PSLV are India's maiden moon mission Chandrayaan-I in October 2008, four Cartosats and Resourcesat-1.
The Chandrayaan-I has helped NASA to find Water on the Moon.

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