PSLV launches Israel's technology satellite

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Chennai, Jan 21 (UNI) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully launched Israel's technology satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, establishing its prowess in commercial launches.

With a core-alone configuration, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C10) placed the 300 kg TECSAR Satellite, also called Polaris, into the intended orbit 1185 seconds after a perfect lift off at 0915 hrs.

The satellite was placed into its intended orbit with a perigee (nearest point to earth) of 450 km and apogee (farthest point to earth) of 580 km with an orbital inclination of 41 degrees with respect to the equator.

''It was a perfect and flawless mission,'' ISRO sources said.

Incidentally, this is the 25th Satellite Launch Mission from India's spaceport of Sriharikota and the second full-fledged commercial launch for Antrix Corporation, the marketing agency of the Department of Space, after PSLV-C8 successfully launched Italian Astronomical Satellite Agile on April 23 last year.

This was PSLV's, the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO, 11th consecutive and successful flight, since its launch in 1994, an official release said here.

PSLV is also slated to launch India's first spacecraft to moon, Chandrayaan-1 this year.

TECSAR was a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Technology satellite. It was equipped with a SAR payload with the capability to see through the clouds and carry out day and night all weather imaging.

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