The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C44 carrying Kalamsat and Microsat-R, officials said Friday.
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO), Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) launches off onboard India's Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) imaging satellite 'Microsat R' along with student satellite "Kalamsat" at Satish Dhawan Space centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh state, on January 24, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
The satellites were launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at 11:37 p.m. (local time) on Thursday.
"India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) successfully injected Microsat-R and Kalamsat-V2 satellites into their designated orbits," a statement issued by ISRO said.
Television images show the rocket blasted off from the launch pad, emitting a bright orange flame from its tail and moving upwards in the sky.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the space scientists for another successful launch of PSLV.
"With this launch, India also becomes the first country to use the fourth stage of a space rocket as an orbital platform for micro-gravity experiments," Modi wrote on Twitter.