India on Sunday night successfully put into orbit two British earth observation satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, in copybook style.
Two satellites aboard the Indian rocket – Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) – belonged to Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK.
The satellites were put into sun-synchronous orbit under a commercial arrangement with Antrix Corp Ltd, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Indian space agency.
The total lift-off weight of the two satellites was 889 kg.
NovaSAR weighing 445 kg is an S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring.
S1-4 weighing 444 kg is a high-resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for disaster monitoring.
After the successful launch, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said: “The PSLV rocket preciously placed two of our customer satellites in 583 km orbit. The success will give added energy to the industry to make PSLV.”