The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched its PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at scheduled 10.25 am. The satellite is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users. It will carry similar payloads as carried by its predecessors Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. The 36-hour countdown of the satellite launch started at 10.25 p.m. on Monday. The PSLV C36 is the 38th flight of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
It will place the 1235 kilogram Resourcesat-2A into an 817 kilometer polar Sun Synchronous Orbit PSLV which has emerged as the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO has offered for launching satellites for international customers.
PSLV-C36 / RESOURCESAT-2A is scheduled to be launched on Dec 07, 2016 at 10:25 hrs (IST) from SDSC, Sriharikota https://t.co/NLr04EYzD9 https://t.co/EmOPcIAUQi
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The PSLV-C36 is ISRO’s 38th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle(PSLV). The PSLV-C36 is to place the 1235kg Resourcesat-2A into an 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Six solid strap-on motors have been used in this flight which is the XL version of the PSLV. PSLV has come be known as a workhorse in the matters of launch vehicles that ISRO has offered to launch satellites for international customers.
Between 1994 and 2016, the PSLV has launched a sum total of 121 satellites. Out of this, 79 have been foreign while the Indian satellite number stands at 42. The PSLV is ISRO’s versatile launch vehicle for launching multiple satellites in the polar SSOs, Low Earth Orbits, even the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit and the sub-GTO. Between 1994 and 2016, the PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites.