Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of one of its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying 1,235 kg Resourcesat-2A.
Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to express his delight over the launch.
Successful launch of PSLV-C36 / RESOURCESAT-2A is an accomplishment we all are very proud of. Congratulations @isro on the remarkable feat.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 7, 2016
The 36-hour countdown for the rocket launch had begun at 10.25 p.m. on December 5.
The rocket blasted off at 10.25 a.m. today from the first launch pad at Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh. According to ISRO, the PSLV rocket 'XL' variant will place the Resourcesat-2A into an 817 km polar sun synchronous orbit.
In this flight, the 'XL' version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors is used. RESOURCESAT-2A, a Remote Sensing satellite intended for resource monitoring, is a follow on mission to RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, launched in 2003 and 2011 respectively.
During 1994-2016, the PSLV rocket has launched a total of 121 satellites of which 79 are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites.