The countdown for the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C49) mission commenced today at 1:02 PM from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.
The PSLV-C49 will launch India’s Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-01) along with nine international customer satellites.
The nine international satellites are from:
- Lithuania: 1 Technology Demonstrator
- Luxembourg: 4 Maritime Application Satellites
- USA: 4 Lemur Multi-Mission Remote Sensing Satellites
The PSLV’s primary payload is India’s radar imaging satellite EOS-01 featuring Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) that can shoot pictures in all weather conditions. It is intended for applications in agriculture, forestry, and disaster management support.
If everything goes well with the rocketing of the PSLV-C49, then the ISRO will touch the record of launching 328 foreign satellites.
Since the last two decades, India has launched 319 foreign satellites, some on a standalone basis and mostly as a piggyback on Indian satellite.
According to the Indian Government, the ISRO has earned INR 1,245.17 crore for launching satellites from 26 countries during the last five years.
During the fiscal year 2018-19, India earned launch income worth INR 324.19 crore, up from INR 232.56 crore in FY 2017-18.
In the last five years, India has signed contracts with ten countries, including the US, Germany, the UK, Singapore, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Algeria, France, and Malaysia.
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