India’s 50th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Sends Satellites from Five Nations into Orbit Written 12 December 2019


India's PSLV-C48 lifting off at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. | Associated Press–©

Spaceflight Now reports that on Wednesday, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) sent “10 spacecraft from five nations into orbit” from “the Satish Dhawan Space Center, a spaceport located on Sriharikota Island on India’s southeastern coast with the Bay of Bengal.” The payload included “a new Indian radar surveillance platform and a batch of small commercial Earth observation satellites.” For the 50th flight of an Indian PSLV, “the 144-foot-tall (44.4-meter) launcher lifted off with some 1.7 million pounds of thrust at 4:55 a.m. EST (0955 GMT).” Vikram Sarabhai Space Center Director S. Somanath said, “This is one of the important milestones in the history of PSLV.”
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