Today is indeed a proud day for all Indians. The PSLV-C7, carrying four satellites, lifted off succesfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The 44.5-metre-tall, 295-tonne PSLV-C7 lifted off from the launch pad at 9.24 am.
It was a perfect launch with all parameters working perfectly, scientists at the control room of the launch pad announced amidst cheers.
The PSLV-C7 is carrying the 680 kg Indian remote sensing satellite CARTOSAT-2, the 550 kg Space Capsule Recovery Equipment, Indonesia’s LAPAN-TUBSAT and Argentina’s 6 kg nanosatellite PEHUENSAT-1.
All the four satellites of the PSLV-C7 were successfully injected into orbit at an altitude of 638.7 km, 949.8 seconds after the lift off.
The entire process took 20 minutes. Based on the velocity during the first three stages, the fourth stage, an unpowered flight called ‘coasting’ lasted for 15 seconds, moving purely under the influence of gravity.
“We have done it successfully. We have put all four satellites into the required orbit. It was a textbook mission. Our boys have done well,” Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Dr G Madhavan Nair said after the launch.