50th PSLV flight launches 10 satellites

Marking a major milestone in the country’s space programme, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 50th flight, successfully placed the country’s fourth radar imaging earth observation satellite — RISAT-2BR1 — and nine other foreign satellites in orbit. With the count of satellites carried by the workhorse of Indian Space Research Organisation now up to 63 of Indian origin and 319 from 33 countries in 26 years, the agency plans another 50 PSLV launches in the next five years.

“I am extremely happy to declare that the 50th flight of PSLV — PSLV-C48 — successfully injected RISAT-2BR1 and nine customer satellites precisely into a 576 km orbit. PSLV has visited almost all places in space. It has launched satellites into low earth orbit, polar orbit and GTO (geosynchronous transfer orbit) and has sent satellites to Moon and Mars. Now, we will send satellite to Sun,” said Isro chairman K Sivan amid thunderous applause.

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