PSLV-C44 Carrying India’s Military Satellite Microsat-R, Students’ Payload Kalamsat, Lifts off (Download PDF)

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The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) workhorse Polar rocket blasted off from the first launchpad. The blast off took place at 11.37 pm at the end of a 28-hour countdown and soared into the clear and starry night sky, in the first mission for ISRO in 2019.

Image of India’s Military Satellite

Image of India’s Military Satellite

Image of India’s Military Satellite

  • In its 46th flight, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) would place the 740-kg primary satellite Microsat-R, an imaging satellite meant for military purposes, in a 274-km polar sun synchronous orbit about 14 minutes after the lift-off, the ISRO said, according to a PTI report.

  • After this, the stage four of the rocket with the Kalamsat, a 10-CM size cube and weighing 1.2 kg, would be moved to a higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments using the tiny payload.

  • Kalamsat is said to be the lightest satellite of India.

  • ISRO’s PSLV C44 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, carrying India’s military satellite Microsat-R.

Microsat-R

Microsat-R, an imaging satellite was successfully injected into intended orbit of 274 km by PSLV-C44 on January 24,2019

About PSLV

  • The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is an expendable medium-lift launch vehicle designed and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

  • Stages: 4

  • Total launches: 46

  • Manufacturer: Indian Space Research Organisation

  • Function: Medium-lift launch vehicle

  • Cost per launch: $21 - 31 million ₹130 - 200 crore

  • Mass: PSLV-G: 295,000 kg (650,000 lb); PSLV-CA: 230,000 kg (510,000 lb); PSLV-XL: 320,000 kg (710,000 lb)

About GSLV

  • Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle abbreviated as GSLV, is an expendable launch system operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation. GSLV has been used in thirteen launches to date, since its first launch in 2001 to the most recent on December 19,2018 carrying the GSAT-7A military communications satellite.

  • Mass: 414,800 kg

  • Stages: 3

  • Total launches: 13 (6 Mk. I, 7 Mk. II)

  • Cost per launch: US $47 million

  • Manufacturer: Indian Space Research Organisation

  • Function: Medium-lift launch vehicle

Difference Between PSLV & GSLV

This is the basic difference between GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) and PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). Both PSLV and GSLV are the satellite-launch vehicles (rockets) developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). PSLV is used for delivering various satellites to Low Earth Orbits.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 23, 2019

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