The Indian Space Research Organisation marked the first mission of the year 2022 with the successful launch of PSLV-C52 which placed radar imaging satellite EOS-04 and two other satellites – INS-2TD and Inspiresat-1 – early on Monday morning.
PSLV, which lifted off on its 54th flight from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 5. 59am, placed EOS-04 into a sun synchronous orbit of 529km altitude at 6. 17am. Nearly a minute later, the rocket injected Inspiresat-1, a student satellite with a one-year mission life, and INS-2TD, an Isro technology demonstrator with a mission life of six months.
Isro chairman S Somanath, post his first launch as the chief of the space agency, congratulated the Isro team. The launch comes nearly six months after the failed GSLV-F10/EOS-03 mission. According to Isro, the cryogenic upper stage ignition did not happen due to technical anomaly during the mission on August 12, 2021.