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ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C44 rocket carrying Kalamsat & MicrosatR satellites

ISRO's PSLV C 44, carrying Microsat–R and Kalamsat satellites, in Sriharikota, Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019, a day before its launch. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 24, 2019, 11.29 PM (IST)

ISRO today successfully launched PSLV-C44 rocket injecting Microsat-R, an imaging satellite and Kalamsat, a communication satellite, into orbit.

The rocket was ISRO's 46th flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) which took place at 11:37 pm(IST) on Thursday night from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

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Microsat-R is an imaging satellite and Kalamsat is a communication satellite developed by students.

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The four-stage PSLV with alternating solid and liquid stages has so far launched 53 Indian and 269 satellites of international customers.

The PSLV with two strap-on configuration has been identified for this mission with the configuration designated as PSLV-DL.

PSLV-C44 is the first mission of PSLV-DL and is a new variant of PSLV.

In PSLV-C44, the fourth stage (PS4) of the vehicle will be moved to a higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments. 

Kalamsat, the first to use PS4 as the orbital platform, is a payload contributed by students and Microsat-R is an imaging satellite.

In its last mission, on November 29 last year, ISRO had successfully injected India's earth observation satellite HysIS onboard PSLV C43 into its designated orbit.