Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Saturday successfully launched its latest earth observation satellite EOS-01 and nine other customer satellites onboard the PSLV-C49 launch vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh.
The lift off, which was originally scheduled for 3:02pm, was delayed by 10 minutes due to bad weather and debris on its path, said ISRO. It is the first mission by ISRO this year since the nationwide lockdown which was enforced by Prime Narendra Modi on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to ISRO, EOS-01 is a highly advanced earth observation satellite intended for use in supporting agriculture, forestry and disaster management planning. The customer satellites are from Lithuania (1), Luxembourg (4) and the US (4) and were launched under a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.
ISRO had also put up a live feed on twitter of the launch.
ISRO further stated the nine customer satellites separated successfully and have been injected into their planned orbit. The launch viewing gallery however remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.