7 Things You Must Know About ISROs PSLVC52 Launch

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLVC52) will attempt to put into orbit the Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-04), from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

February 14, popular as Valentine’s Day will see the maiden flight of the year for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The PSLV-C52 is designed to orbit the EOS-04 satellite, weighing 1710 kg into a sun synchronous polar orbit of 529 km.

It is a Radar Imaging Satellite designed to provide high quality images under all weather conditions for applications such as Agriculture, Forestry & Plantations, Soil Moisture & Hydrology and Flood mapping.

The mission will also carry two small satellites as co-passengers. One will be a student satellite (INSPIREsat-1) from Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST) in association with Laboratory of Atmospheric & Space Physics at University of Colorado, Boulder.

The second will be a technology demonstrator satellite (INS-2TD) from ISRO, which is a precursor to India-Bhutan Joint Satellite (INS-2B).

The February 14 launch comes after the failure to launch the EOS-03 in August 2021 due to the third stage cryogenic failure in the GSLV MK3 rocket.