The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) crossed a historic landmark on Sunday when a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C21) put in orbit two foreign satellites. It is Isro’s 100th space mission. Its first mission was the launch of satellite Aryabhata in 1975. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who watched the event congratulated the scientists.
PSLV-C21 lifted off at 9.53am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. After 17 minutes and 49 seconds, it injected the first satellite, the French SPOT-6, into orbit. Soon, the second satellite, the Japanese Proiteres was put in orbit.
It was the 21st consecutive successful flight for PSLV and PSLV-C21 is India’s 38th satellite launch vehicle to lift off from Sriharikota. India has so far put in orbit 62 Indian satellites.