The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO has successfully launched remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A in orbit. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C36 -carrying 1.2-tonne Resourcesat-2A lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, situated around 100km from Chennai, at 10.25am.
Isro used an XL version of the rocket in PSLV’s 38th flight. In 18 years from 1994 to 2016, PSLV has seen 36 successful launches, placing 121 satellites including 79 from abroad.
Around eighteen minutes after lifting off from Sriharikota, PSLV-C36 placed the satellite in an 818km Polar Sun Synchonrous Orbit.
The Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar congratulated the whole team behind the successful launch of the satellite.