Mission Updates: PSLV – RISAT-1
April 26th 2012 – 01:00 UTC
Lift off occurred on time and successfully placed the RISAT-1 satellite into orbit!
April 25th 2012 – 22:10 UTC
Launch is on track for tonight and the 21st flight of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The payload on this flight is the Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1), to be launched into a polar circular orbit at an allitude of 480km at an inclination of 97.552 degrees. RISAT-1 weighs 1858kg and will be the heaviest satellite ever launched on the PSLV.
This version of the PSLV, Called the PSLV-XL, has 6 strap on solid rocket motors that burn for 49.5 seconds with the solid propellent first stage burning for 101 seconds. The liquid fuelled second stage will then burn for 149 seconds before separating and igniting the solid propellent third stage for 112 seconds. The final fourth stage, which is liquid propelled, will burn for 523 seconds.
Photo Credit: ISRO