In a “wonderfully” successful multi-mission, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) majestically took off at 9.23 a.m. on Wednesday from its beachside launch pad at Sriharikota and injected four satellites one after another into precise orbit.
Two satellites belong to India and two are from abroad. This is the PSLV’s ninth successful launch in a row, proving that it is a trusted workhorse of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
A highlight of the mission is that one of the four satellites called the Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) will be recovered on January 22 when it falls into the Bay of Bengal after staying in orbit for 11 days. This is the first time that the ISRO is attempting to recover a satellite — a technological challenge on several fronts.