ISRO successfully launches military satellite Microsat-R on PSLV C44

Sriharikota : ISRO’s PSLV C44 broke the silence over a brimming Pulicat lake as it lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Center, SHAR, to successfully place into orbit a military satellite, Microsat-R.

The mission with the modified PSLV C44 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) with just two strap-on motors, dubbed the PSLV-DL (dual strap-ons), marked another first for ISRO as it provided an alternative to its normal six strap-on motors.

This will enable it to carry slightly higher payloads than its Core-Alone version.

Towards the end of the first stage, the rocket’s plumes were white with its tail end burning bright red even as a large flock of birds passed on the horizon.

A second later, as the rocket soared further into the night sky, the second stage ignition burned a bright orange propelling the rocket ahead.

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