ISRO's PSLV successfully launches 10 satellites including EOS-1, into orbit

The nine other satellites included one from Lithuania, four from Luxembourg and four from the USA that was launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited.

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ISRO's PSLV successfully launches 10 satellites including EOS-1, into orbit

The PSLV-C44 standing tall on the SHAR launchpad in Sriharikota. Image: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched 10 satellites to orbit on 7 November. The launch included a new Earth observation satellite and several smaller payloads.

ISRO in its statement said that India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its fifty-first flight (PSLV-C49), successfully launched EOS-01 as well as nine international customer satellites from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota.

ISROs PSLV successfully launches 10 satellites including EOS1 into orbit

The PSLV-C44 standing tall on the SHAR launchpad in Sriharikota. Image: ISRO

An Earth observation satellite, EOS-01 is intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.

ISRO said that PSLV-C49 lifted-off at 3:11 pm IST. There was a delay of nine minutes from the scheduled launch due to unfavourable weather conditions. After 15 minutes and 20 seconds, EOS-01 was injected into its orbit successfully. Following that nine commercial satellites were injected into their intended orbits as well.

The two solar arrays of EOS-01 were automatically deployed and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of it.

ISRO chairman, Dr K Sivan congratulated both launch vehicles and satellite teams for rising to the occasion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and stated, "PSLV-C49 successfully placed all ten satellites precisely into their orbit."

The nine other customer satellites, including one from Lithuania, four from Luxembourg and four from the USA were launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).

ISRO tweeted about the launch, writing, "All nine customer satellites successfully separated and injected into their intended orbit."

https://twitter.com/isro/status/1325016201009922049?s=20

According to a report in Space.com, the 50th PSLV mission was in December 2019, following which ISRO went on a launch hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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