ISRO's PSLV C-16 rocket launched successfully

Sriharikota, Apr 20 (ANI): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV C-16 was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Wednesday.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is carrying remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 and two mini spacecraft.

Congratulating ISRO for the successful launch of PSLV, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V Narayanswamy said: "It is a landmark in the history of the country. Our scientists have proved their expertise in successful launch of the PSLV. The scientist community has been performing very well and Government of India will support them always to take the country to new heights."

The launch vehicle will place in the polar sun synchronous orbit, the 1206-kg Resourcesat-2, 92-kg Youthsat and 106-kg X-sat satellites 822 km above Earth.

The mission's primary satellite, ISRO built Resourcesat-2, is an advanced remote sensing spacecraft to facilitate the study and management of natural resources.

It will replace Resourcesat-1, which was launched in 2003. It will provide data with enhanced multi-spectral and spatial coverage on natural resources.

The Resourcesat-2 with a five year space life will also carry an additional payload from COMDEV, Canada that will provide information on ship surveillance by making 14 orbits per day, ISRO said.

Youthsat, a joint Indo-Russian satellite for stellar and atmospheric studies, will study the relationship between solar variability and thermosphere-ionosphere changes.

The satellite with two-year life will carry two Indian and one Russian payload. (ANI)