New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday launched two earth observation satellites onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the space port of Sriharikota, about 110 kilometers from Chennai. The ISRO’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C42 (PSLV) carried the foreign satellites at lift off on Sunday at 10.07 PM.Also Read - Empire State Building Size Asteroid May Hit Earth, But Not Untill 2100s: Report
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- The ISRO launched foreign satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, together weighing over 800 kilograms, onboard PSLV-C42 at lift off on Sunday.
- The launch happened at 10.07 PM. The countdown for the same began on Saturday at 1.08 PM.
- NovaSAR and S1-4 were released into sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 583 km.
- NovaSAR is a S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring.
- S1-4 is a high resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for the disaster monitoring.
- They have been developed by Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited, United Kingdom.
This was the 44th flight of the PSLV and the third launch by ISRO this year.
Earlier in January, PSLV-C40 launched India’s weather observation satellite Cartosat 2 Series and PSLV-C41 launched IRNSS – 1I navigation satellite in April.