The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) made its first launch in 2020, with the 51st mission of the PSLV-C49 spacecraft. ISRO’s last launch took place in December 2019, just before the covid-19 pandemic, which led to the shutdown of activities for 11 months.
The takeoff took place on Saturday (07) at 15:11, at the Satish Dhawan Space Center, and marked the end of a long hiatus by the agency. The event was broadcast by ISRO on its Youtube channel. Check out the video below:
The PSLV carried, among other loads, a satellite for Earth observation, called “EOS-1”. The equipment is part of the RISAT series of equipment, which uses synthetic aperture radars to provide images of the planet at any time of the day. According to a statement from ISRO, the EOS-1 will collect data and images for “applications in agriculture, forestry and support for disaster management”.
The mission also took 4 small satellites from Kleos Space, a Luxembourg-based company that markets reconnaissance data; 4 Cubosat Lemur-2 satellites, at the request of the American company Spire Global; in addition to the R-2 technology demonstration satellite, at the request of the Lithuanian company NanoAvionics.