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ISRO placed in orbit seven satellites including “Oceansat-2”, within a span of 20 minutes on 23rd September 2009.
At the end of the 51-hour countdown, the 44.4 meter tall four-stage PSLV-C14 blasted off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre with ignition of the core first stage and put the satellites in orbit one after another.
Scientists cheered as ISRO’s workhorse, PSLV soared majestically into clear skies at 11.51 am from the spaceport in the East Coast in Andhra Pradesh, about 100 km north of Chennai, with the launch watched by Vice President Hamid Ansari
Oceansat-2, the country’s 16th remote sensing satellite, will identify potential fishing zones, sea state forecasting and coastal zone studies, besides providing inputs on weather forecasting and climate studies.
A set of six nano satellites rode piggyback accompanying Oceansat-2 on its trip to orbit.
Vice President Ansari and Senior Scientist M G K Menon, who were present in the mission centre, congratulated ISRO scientists soon after the successful launch.
Congratulating space scientists for the fantastic achievement, Dr.Nair said “the launch has once again proved our capability. It is an example of fine teamwork and the maturity of PSLV launch vehicle has been proved.”