Successful Launch of PSLV-C16 from ISRO
The countdown of 54 hours, that began at 3.40 a.m. on April 18, 2011 for the launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16) from the space station at Sriharikota on Wednesday is in smooth progress, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
In a precision launch, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle- C16 placed on a 822-km sunsynchronous orbit three satellites – ResourceSat – 2, an Indo-Russian YouthSat and Singapore’s first satellite X Sat.
The launch went off as per schedule and the satellites were placed in orbit 18 minutes after blast off from the launch pad at the Sriharikota spaceport.
This is the 18th launch of the PSLV and It has a track record of 16 uninterrupted successes.
The launch was keenly watched across the world as data from ResourceSat – 2 will be used by 15 countries. The satellite, which weighs 1206 kg will collect data including those on ground water and mineral resources on land and fish density in the sea. The satellite is equipped with three cameras that can cover 740 km wide, 141 km wide and 17 km wide at resolutions ranging from 22 meters to 5 meters.
The criticism directed at ISRO is boosted by a comparison to two similar American remote-sending satellites – Geoeye and Digital Globe – both of which use as much 90% of all the images they collect.