India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated ISRO and India’s space industry for the successful launch of PSLV-C49/EOS-01 mission today.
“In the time of COVID-19, our scientists overcame many constraints to meet the deadline,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C49/EOS-01) blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Saturday afternoon after a 26-hour countdown.
“Nine satellites, including four each from the US and Luxembourg and one from Lithuania, have also been launched in the Mission,” the prime minister informed.
I congratulate @ISRO and India’s space industry for the successful launch of PSLV-C49/EOS-01 Mission today. In the time of COVID-19, our scientists overcame many constraints to meet the deadline.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2020
“The liftoff was originally scheduled for 3.02 pm, but was delayed by 10 minutes due to debris on the path of the vehicle,” ISRO said in a statement.
It is the first satellite launch by India’s space agency this year which was disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“EOS-01 is intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support,” ISRO said.
The customer satellites include one from Lithuania, four from Luxembourg and four from the United States.