ISRO yet again successfully launches PSLV-C21
ISRO once again made India proud as it launched PSLV-C21 successfully in the space and further also made its successful establishment to the orbit. Its a big big achievement for the India. India has proved its ability to the world by this way that like any other field, Space research is also dominated by them.
In a copybook launch, witnessed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ISRO’s workhorse PSLV placed in orbit France’s SPOT-6 satellite and Japanese spacecraft PROTIERES, some 18 minutes after a perfect lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here. Though there were some problems in the launch and its was delayed by two minutes but in the end all was well. Earlier the timing for the launch was 9:49 am but due to some last minute adjustments it was made 9:51 am for the launch. The satellite was successfully established in the orbit with the perfect timing. The mission was described as “a spectacular success” and a milestone by Manmohan Singh, who keenly watched the entire launch sequence and applauded each stage separation culminating in the placing of the two satellites in orbit.
SPOT-6 is the biggest commercial lift so far since India forayed into the money spinning commercial satellite launch services after 350 kg Agile of Italy put in orbit in 2007 by PSLV. Twelve other foreign commercial satellites launched by ISRO weighed below 300 kg.