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Isro successfully launches PSLV-C44 with Microsat-R, Kalamsat onboard

PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of the PSLV

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

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PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of the PSLV

India on Thursday successfully launched the 46th mission of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Sriharikota spaceport, near Chennai, carrying Microsat-R and to Sun Synchronous Polar Orbit.

PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of the

The rocket took off from the first launch pad (FLP) of SHAR, Sriharikota.

The is a four-stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages.

The two-strap-on configuration is designated PSLV-DL.

PSLV-C44's fourth stage (PS4), which is an experimental orbital platform for carrying out technology demonstration, was moved to a higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.

Kalamsat, a student payload, will be the first to use PS4 as an orbital platform. The payload was developed by students and SpaceKidz India.

PSLV-C44 also carried Microsat-R, an imaging satellite.

K Sivan, chairman, said that maiden mission of in 2019 is a grand success. C-44 injected the satellites preciously in the designated orbit.

"This is not another PSLV launch, there are many firsts in this launch", said Sivan.

Milestones

  • It was the 70th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR
  • It was the 46th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
  • It was the 35th launch from the first launch pad
  • It was the first flight of the PSLV-DL (with 2 strap-ons)
  • It was the first launch of 2019

First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 23:44 IST
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