PSLV 50th Mission-Created History

PSLV 50th Mission: The most reliable launch vehicle PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created a history with the successful launch of its 50th mission RISAT-2BR1, a radar-imaging earth observation satellite from Sriharikota.

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The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), often hailed as a trusted workhorse, touched a new milestone of its 50th mission on Wednesday when it placed earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine other foreign satellites in orbit, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (Isro) chairman K Sivan said

The Isro chief said RISAT-2BR1, though a very advanced and complex satellite, was built in a short time and congratulated the team for its good work.

“Definitely, we have had many successes. At the same time, we have a large number of missions to do. I am sure team Isro as usual will rise to the occasion and make every mission a grand success,” he said amid loud applause.

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Sivan said PSLV has gone ‘all over space’, placing satellites in orbits, including polar and the trusted vehicle was behind Chandrayaan-1 and the Mars Orbiter Mission.

“Now we are going to send a satellite to the sun’s orbit”, Sivan said, adding that Isro was looking at more launches next year with PSLV.

“Next year we have a series of PSLV missions. We also have GSLV launches. Then we also have the maiden mission of SSLV [Small Satellite Launch Vehicle] next year. Like that many missions lined up for next year,” Isro chief K Sivan said.

Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, S Somanath hailed the 50th mission, saying “PSLV has hit gold today”.

In commemoration of the milestone event, a book, “PSLV-50”, chronicling the various missions, the satellites and the leaders behind it was released by K Sivan.

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