NEW DELHI (Xinhua) – The Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO) yesterday successfully launched an observation satellite EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites aboard a PSLV-C45 rocket, officials said.
The satellites were launched from Satish Dhawan Space center (SDSC) in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast n the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at 9:27 am.
“PSLV-C45 successfully injects EMISAT into the sun-synchronous polar orbit. Now, 28 customer satellites are to be placed into their designated orbit,” a statement issued by ISRO said after the launch.
Television images showed the rocket blasting off from the launch pad and emitting a bright orange flame from its tail while moving upwards in the sky.
EMISAT is an Electronic Intelligence Satellite of the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), while 28 foreign satellites are from four countries –Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.