The first launch of the year under the new Chairman S. Somanath went off without a glitch.
Thick orange fumes from the PSLV C-52 briefly lit up the pre-dawn dark sky and Pulicat Lake as the workhorse of the Indian Space Research Organisation soared into the skies from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre , Sriharikota, on Monday, the booming noise of the launch vehicle carrying three satellites breaking the morning silence.
The ISRO’s maiden launch of 2022 and the first under its new chairman , S. Somanath, went off without a glitch , placing all the three satellites into orbit with precision. The PSLV C-52 was the 54th flight of the rocket and the 23rd in its XL configuration. The success of the launch was crucial for ISRO that had a very muted 2020 with just two launches , one of which -the GSLV-F10–failed after launch. The PSLV C-52 carrying the Earth Observation Satellite , EOS -04 , the INS-2TD, a technology demonstrator from ISRO , and the INSPIRE-sat-1, a student satellite, lifted off at 5:59 a.m.
Around 18 minutes later , the three satellites were separated and placed into their orbits . “The primary satellite, the EOS-04 has been put in a precise orbit . The co passenger satellites have been placed into the right orbit,” Mr. Somanath said adding ISRO will be” back with the next launch of PSLV very soon”.
With a mission life of 10 years , the EOS-4, a radar imaging satellite is designed to provide high quality images in all weather conditions for applications such as agriculture, forestry, plantation , flood mapping, soil moisture and hydrology. The satellite will collect earth observation data in C-band and will complement and supplement the data from Resourcesat, Cartosat series and RISAT-2Bseries, ISRO said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated India’s space scientists on Monday on the successful launch of the PSLV C52 mission.
Mr. Modi tweeted ,” Congratulations to our space scientists on the successful launch of PSLV C-52 mission . EOS-04 satellite will provide high resolution images under all weather conditions for agriculture, forestry and plantations, soil moisture and hydrology as well as flood mapping.”