Ever since we were little kids, the thoughts of reaching the moon and stars filled our dreams. As we grew up, we realized that it is, in fact, more than just a dream! Being an astronaut, a space scientist that makes it all happen, reaching for the moon, and travelling through space is very much achievable for all those who aspire to do so, all thanks to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)!
Through the years, ISRO has been a source of inspiration and motivation for minds that are inclined towards space research and technology in general. Space truly is a fascinating aspect for mankind, and ISRO has been capturing the essence of space travel bit by bit, all these years, evident by the successful Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan missions. As if it needed any more validation, ISRO has pocketed yet another milestone on December 11, 2019!
The 50th flight of the PSLV
ISRO’s Polar satellite launch vehicle, or PSLV, in its 48th successful flight, and 50th overall, launched 10 satellites into orbit on December 11, 2019. The 10 satellites launched include an earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1, and 9 other commercial satellites from the likes of Israel, Italy, Japan, and the USA. This launch took place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
Some interesting facts and scientific tidbits about this launch
This flight of the PSLV was, in fact, its 2nd flight in the QL configuration, which carries 4 solid strap-on motors. The flight lifted off the ground at 1525 hours IST on December 11, and after about 16 minutes from liftoff, the RISAT-2BR1 satellite was established into orbit.
This RISAT-2BR1 satellite is actually an earth imaging and observation satellite, providing services in the field of forestry, agriculture, and disaster management. It has a mission life of approximately 5 years.
Inspiring millions of space enthusiasts!
All ISRO missions, be it successful or unsuccessful, end up inspiring millions of young minds all over the country to explore what lies beyond the earth. Take an example of the recent Vikram Lander mission. The entire nation was talking about it, and much more! One could see 11-year-olds having meaningful discussions with their friends and family about space missions, at a time and age where they could be whiling away their time in playing with friends!
This is the impact ISRO has on our nation. The continuous hard work and dedication of ISRO’s scientists, led by chairman K Sivan, has ended up making millions of students work towards a career in space and aeronautics. This is going to really inspire young students to pursue an impactful career in science and technology. All we can say is more power to you, ISRO and budding scientists and engineers who want to become a part of the team one day.