ISRO's First Launch Since Covid Lockdown

PM Modi praised the scientists associated with the mission and said that they had overcome major challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) disease to ensure a timely launch to the vehicle.

ISRO's First Launch Since Covid Lockdown

The nine customer satellites are from Lithuania (1), Luxembourg (4), and the USA (4).

The carrier was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at 3.12 pm. Earlier, the launch time was at 3.02 pm.

Soon after the lift-off, EOS-01 and all other nine customer satellites successfully separated and injected into the orbit. This is the first Mission in the year 2020 by ISRO.

Earlier, the ISRO had tweeted, “#PSLVC49 carrying #E0S01 and nine international customer satellites at First Launch Pad in Sriharikota ahead of its launch on November 07.”

ISRO said that the customer satellites were being launched under a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), department of space.

Filling of fuel for the second stage (PS2), fourth stage (PS4), and oxidizer for PS4 of PSLV-C49 had been completed, it tweeted.

Amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the country which has affected over 8.46 million people, the viewing gallery has been closed during the launch, and gathering of media personnel is not planned at the space center, the agency said.

According to Isro, the customer satellites were launched under a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), department of space. The EOS-01 is intended for applications in agriculture, forestry, and disaster management support, the space agency further said.