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The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), often hailed as a trusted workhorse, touched a new milestone of its 50th mission on Wednesday when it placed earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine other foreign satellites in orbit, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (Isro) chairman K Sivan said.

Isro head Sivan, hailing the versatility and unbeatable performance of the PSLV for over the past two decades, lauded its 50th mission as “historical”.

Tracing the journey of PSLV, which has five variants, he said the payload capacity was initially about 860 kg and it went up to 1.9 tonne subsequently.

It has lifted 52.7 tonne to space, of which 17 per cent corresponded to customer satellites, he said.

This mission was special for another reason as well, since it marked another major milestone which was “the 75th launch from spaceport of India”, the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Sivan noted.

The Isro chief said RISAT-2BR1, though a very advanced and complex satellite, was built in a short time and congratulated the team for its good work.


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