ISRO successfully launches PSLV C16

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Chennai, Apr 20: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday, Apr 20 launched its first project in 2011 - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C16.

Wednesday's satellite launch was the 18th launch of PSLV, which has an impressive track record of 16 uninterrupted successes. The PSLV is carrying remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 and two mini spacecraft.

The launch vehicle will place in polar sun synchronous orbit the 1206-kg Resourcesat-2, 92-kg Youthsat and 106-kg X-sat satellites 822 km above Earth.

The PSLV C16 launch was very important for ISRO as the organisation had experienced two back-to-back failures in 2010. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle plunged down into the Bay of Bengal. ISRO's four satellites failed in 2010.

The Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, from his Twitter account, congratulated the ISRO officials for their success in launching the PSLV-C16.

"I congratulate ISRO and all our scientists for successful launch of PSLV C-16," tweeted Modi on Wednesday, Apr 20.

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