The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched its PSLV C-52 rocket, carrying the earth observation satellite EOS-04 as well as two co-passenger payloads, from the Sriharikota spaceport early Monday.
After a 25-hour countdown, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C52) lifted off at 05:59 a.m. from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, marking the space agency’s first mission launch in 2022.
‘India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C52 inserted Earth Observation Satellite EOS-04, into an intended sun synchronous polar orbit of 529 km height at 06:17 hours IST on February 14, 2022 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota’, said ISRO.
EOS-04, which has a ten-year mission life, is a Radar Imaging Satellite designed to deliver high-quality pictures in all-weather circumstances for applications such as agriculture, forestry, and plantation management, soil moisture and hydrology, and flood mapping.
As co-passengers, the rocket carried two tiny satellites, INSPIREsat-1 and INS-2TD.