Mission 50 accomplished in style : PSLV's success saga continues
Sriharikota, (AP), For any satellite launch or for putting the satellite in different orbits, one can bet on ISRO's workhorse and trusted launch vehicle PSLV, which has successfully accomplished its 50th mission from the spaceport of Sriharikota, on Wednesday. In its Golden Jubilee flight, the PSLV has done it again and scripted a new history in its 26 year journey. With the launch of RISAT-2BR1 radar imaging satellite and nine foreign satellites today, ISRO has so far placed a staggering 319 foreign satellites in space in its history, also a new record. Tracing the history of PSLV, it has several credits when PSLV-C35 launched SCATSAT-1 and 7 satellites in two different orbits on September 26, 2016. Spanning two hours and 15 minutes, this was the longest mission launched by ISRO and also by the PSLV, after its fourth stage engine was cut off and restarted twice, demonstrating its multi-burn technology. It has rewritten its own record when PSLV-C34 successfully injected 20 satellites in the desired orbit in a single mission on June 22 the same year. Earlier, PSLV-C9 had launched 10 satellites in a single mission on April 28,2008. PSLV also has the credit of launching 104 satellites in a single flight on February 15, 2017, a new record for isro.