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Updated: September 23, 2009 20:45 IST

PSLV scores 15 in a row

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PSLV C-14 leaves a trail of smoke during its launch from Satish Dhavan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday. Photo: PTI
PTI PSLV C-14 leaves a trail of smoke during its launch from Satish Dhavan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday. Photo: PTI

India’s trusted space workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), proved its mettle for the 15th consecutive time today when it successfully launched country’s Oceansat-2 spacecraft and six European Nano satellites.

After an unsuccessful debut (PSLV-D1) in 1993, PSLV has come a long way, with improvised versions of launch vehicles over the years reaping the fruits of scientists’ hard work.

Today’s is the 16th flight of PSLV, which had launched 29 satellites, including Chandrayaan spacecraft on its moon mission, into orbits since 1993.

Following is the chronology of PSLV launches:

PSLV-C14 launched Oceansat-2 and 6 Nano satellites on September 23, 2009 (Successful)

PSLV-C12 launched RISAT—2 and ANUSAT on April 20, 2009 (Successful)

PSLV-C11 launched CHANDRAYAAN-I, on October 22, 2008 (Successful)

PSLV-C9 launched CARTOSAT-2A, IMS-1 and eight nano satellites on April 28, 2008 (Successful)

PSLV-C10 launched TECSAR on January 23, 2008 (Successful)

PSLV-C8 launched AGILE on April 23, 2007 (Successful)

PSLV-C7 launched CARTOSAT-2, SRE-1, LAPAN-TUBSAT and

PEHUENSAT-1 on January 10, 2007 (Successful)

PSLV-C6 launched CARTOSAT-1 and HAMSAT on May 5, 2005 (Successful).

PSLV-C5 launched RESOURCESAT-1(IRS-P6) on October 17, 2003 (Successful)

PSLV-C4 launched KALPANA—1(METSAT) on September 12, 2002 (Successful)

PSLV-C3 launched TES on October 22, 2001 (Successful)

PSLV-C2 launched OCEANSAT(IRS-P4), KITSAT-3 and DLR-TUBSAT on May 26, 1999 (Successful)

PSLV-C1 launched IRS-1D on September 29, 1997 (Successful)

PSLV-D3 launched IRS-P3 on March 21, 1996 (Successful)

PSLV-D2 launched IRS-P2 on October 15, 1994 (Successful) PSLV-D1 launched IRS-1E on September 20, 1993 (Unsuccessful).

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