Some Important Launches of PSLV
- PSLV had its first launch on 20 September 1993.
- In September 2002, the 1060 kg KALPANA-1 was launched by PSLV-C4 into GTO.
- On 17 October 2003, the 1360 kg Earth observing ResourceSat1 was launched by PSLV-C5.
- On May 5, 2005, PSLV-C6 launched two satellites into orbit; CARTOSAT-1 a stereoscopic Earth observation satellite with cartographic applications, weighing 1560 kg, and HAMSAT providing satellite based radio service for amateur radio operators, weighing 42.5 kg into a high polar orbit (632 x 621 km).
- On January 10, 2007, the PSLV-C7 carried four satellites – the 680 kg Indian remote sensing satellite CARTOSAT-2, the 550 kg Space Capsule Recovery Equipment (SRE-1), Indonesia’s LAPAN-TUBSAT (60 kg) and Argentina’s 6 kg nanosatellite called NANO PEHUENSAT-1 into orbit.
- On April 23, 2007, the PSLV-C8 carried out India’s first commercial satellite launch successfully. This was the AGILE for the Italian Space Agency as the main payload of the launch with the Advanced Avionics Module as a secondary payload.This was ISRO’s first exclusively commercial launch. All launches of foreign satellites before this had been of micro-satellites or light weight satellites piggybacked on the PSLV, with an Indian satellite being the primary payload. The PSLV-C8 was also launched without its regular 6 strap-on boosters. Another first for ISRO was the inclination of 2.5o (equatorial orbit), which made launch comparatively riskier than usual.
- On 21 January 2008, PSLV-C10 launched the Israeli TecSAR satellite successfully.
- On 28 April 2008, PSLV-C9 launched ten satellites, the most number ISRO has deployed in one launch. PSLV-C9 successfully placed in orbit an imaging satellite Cartosat-2A, technology demonstrator IMS-1/TWSAT, and a cluster of eight nanosatellites from different countries.
- On 22 October 2008, PSLV-C11 launched the 1380 kg Chandrayaan remote sensing satellite for lunar exploration.. The satellite was successfully placed in the earth’s orbit and then transferred to the lunar orbit on 8 November 2008.
- On 20 April 2009, PSLV-C12 in core alone version successfully launched RISAT-2 and ANUSAT at 00:15 hours GMT from SDHC.
- Update: On 23 September 2009, using PSLV-C14, a Core-Alone version of the PSLV, India successfully launched its 16th remote-sensing satellite Oceansat-2 and six nano European satellites in 1,200 seconds with the help of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from SDHC