India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) marked its ‘Golden Jubilee’ launch by injecting satellite RISAT-2BR1 and 9 other customer satellites into their intended orbits on PSLV C48.
- RISAT-2BR1 is a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 kg.
- The satellite will provide services in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Disaster Management.
- The mission life of RISAT-2BR1 is 5 years.
Cooperation with other Countries:
- Along with the RISAT-2bR1 the nine customer satellites of Israel, Italy, Japan and the USA were precisely injected into their designated orbits.
- These satellites were launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
- The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is an expendable medium-lift launch vehicle designed and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
- It was developed to allow India to launch its Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites into sun-synchronous orbits, a service that was, until the advent of the PSLV in 1993, commercially available only from Russia.
- It has 4 stages with 1st and 3rd being Solid and 2th and 4th being Liquid stage.
- PSLV can also launch small size satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).
- Most notable among the launches was the launch of PSLV C37 which successfully deployed 104 satellites in sun-synchronous orbit, tripling the previous record held by Russia for the highest number of satellites sent to space on a single launch.
- The PSLV has a history of successful launches of payloads that include Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission and the space recovery mission
Launch vehicles of ISRO
New Space India Limited (NSIL)
Central Public Sector Enterprise of the Government of India.
It was established on 6 March 2019 under the administrative control of the Department of Space (DOS).
To scale up industry participation in Indian space programmes
It will compliment Antrix Corp. As its major focus is on the Domestic Market while Antrix’s major focus is catered to foreign markets.