Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle better know as PSLV, is considered to be a major leap or a big step by ISRO (Indian Space and Research Organization) in the Space business. The reason why such importance and appreciation is given to PSLV is that it has launched India’s first lunar probe Chandrayaan-1.
India’s first interplanetary mission, Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan). Even a movie is made on the following. And India’s first space observatory, Astrosat. One of the best telescopes in the World (or Space). All these were crucial for India’s upliftment in the World Space Agencies and each and every Indian should be proud of it.
PSLV can launch up to 104 satellites (most by any Rocket). And they provide the launching services and unexpectedly fewer rates. Making them a preferred Satellite launcher by most countries. According to data of the fourth quarter of 2019, PSLV has launched more than 300 foreign satellites from more than 30 countries.
Today in the morning of November 7, 2020, PSLV is on its 51st Mission. The primary satellites name is EOS-01 along with it there are 9 other customer satellites
EOS-01 is a SAR based all-weather Earth-imaging satellite. Its objective is forestry, agricultural and disaster management. It is an X band satellite, meaning the frequency range of the satellite is set at approximately 7.0–11.2 GHz. SAR is a type of data collection where sensors are made to produce its own energy and then take readings of that energy reflected back after interacting with different things present on Earth.
EOS-01 has been developed at the cost of roughly ₹125 crores.
Launch is scheduled tomorrow at 1502 Hrs IST . pic.twitter.com/JQ0nBXHChx
— ISRO (@isro) November 6, 2020
The customer satellites are being launched under the jurisdiction of a commercial agreement that has been put up and monitored by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space. A small amount of detail on the 9 customers satellite is known and it is as follows there is one satellite from Lithuania and its purpose is a technology demonstration. Four are from Luxembourg for multi-mission remote sensing and maritime applications and lastly, there are four from the USA with similar purposes likes Luxembourgs.
The launch is provisionally programmed at 1502 Hrs IST on November 07, 2020. Hoping and considering that all weather favourable. The launch takes place at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
Keeping in mind the COVID situation no media houses are allowed at SDSC even the viewing gallery would be closed. But ISRO has informed that it would live telecasting the launch at ISRO website, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter channels.