Indian Space Research Organisation successfully put into orbit its own weather satellite SCATSAT-1 this morning at around 9 am.
In the second phase of its mission, the rocket launched seven other satellites. The payload includes five foreign and two Indian satellites in different orbits after a flight of more than two hours.
This was the first mission of PSLV in which it launched its payloads into two different orbits.
The foreign satellites were from the US, Canada and Algeria besides from Indian Universities.
ISRO’s SCATSAT-1 can generate accurate data on wind patterns over the ocean surface.
It is a continuity mission for the Oceansat-2, which has exhausted its operational life. The expected lifespan of SCATSAT-1 is expected to be five years.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have congratulated ISRO for successful launch of SCATSAT-1 and 7 other satellites.
The Prime Minister said, Indian scientists innovative zeal has touched the lives of 125 crore Indians and made India proud worldwide.