PSLV-C36 lifts off successfully with Resourcsat-2A
The indigenous launch vehicle, in its 38th flight, placed the 1,235-kg Resourcesat-2A into an 817-km polar sun synchronous orbit
Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): An Indian rocket named Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off successfully on Wednesday morning with the country's earth observation satellite Resourcsat-2A.
PSLV-C36 / Resourcesat-2A was successfully launched at 10:25 hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
PSLV-C36 is the launch vehicle’s 38th flight.
It placed the 1,235-kg Resourcesat-2A into an 817-km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO).
PSLV-C36 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. In this flight, the 'XL' version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors was used.
PSLV is the ISRO's versatile launch vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs, low earth orbits (LEO) as well as geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) and sub-GTO.
With 36 successful launches, PSLV has emerged as the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO and is offered for launching satellites for international customers.
During 1994-2016 period, PSLV launched 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites.
The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.
[caption id="attachment_334230" align="alignnone" width="300"] Hoisting of PSLV-C36 second stage during vehicle integration. Source: ISRO[/caption]
According to ISRO, Resourcesat-2A is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, launched in 2003 and 2011, respectively.
The new satellite Resourcesat-2A is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by it two predecessors.
The Resourcesat-2A carries three payloads which are similar to those of the earlier two Resourcesats.
The satellite also carries two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bits each to store the images taken by its cameras which can be read out later to ground stations.
The mission life of Resourcesat-2A is five years.