Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched EOS-01 earth observation satellite along with nine international customer satellites abroad a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket on Nov. 7.
The rocket lifted-off at 1511 Hours (IST) from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Sriharikota Range (SHAR) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
After 15 minutes and 20 seconds, EOS-01 was successfully injected into its orbit. Subsequently, nine commercial satellites were injected into their intended orbits. After separation, the two solar arrays of EOS-01 were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
This mission, designated PSLV-C49, is the 51st flight of PSLV rocket. It is also the 2nd flight of PSLV in ‘DL’ configuration with 2 solid strap-on motors.
EOS-01, initially named RISAT-2BR2, is an earth observation satellite, intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.
The nine customer satellites from Lithuania (1), Luxembourg (4) and USA (4) were also launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).