In Photos: Indian Satellites Soar in the Country's 1st Space Launch of 2019

The Business of Launches


India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the PSLV-C44, completed its 46th successful launch and flight on Jan. 24, 2019 and you can see amazing photos of the launch here! The rocket lifted off from a pad at the Indian Space Research Organisation's Satish Dhawan Space Centre. It was ISRO's first launch of 2019. Watch video of the launch here!

Blast Off!


The PSLV-C44 successfully completed liftoff on Jan. 24, 2019, carrying the Microsat-R and Kalamsat-V2 satellites into their proper orbits.

Up and Away


The Microsat-R and Kalamsat-V2 satellites rise safely aboard the PSLV-C44 on Jan. 24, 2019. The rocket launched from First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre completing the rocket model's 46th successful launch.

Worth Its Weight


The PSLV, seen before this week's launch at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, has successfully completed 46 launches for India's space program.

Almost Ready


The PSLV-C44 stands in the Mobile Service Tower (MST) with integration complete through its fourth stage.

Double Checking


Inside the Stage Preparation Facility, technicians examine stages three and four of the PSLV-C44 before mating them to the rocket. The rocket carried two payloads: a military imaging satellite and a student-built experimental cubesat.

Section Two


Vehicle integration has begun as the PSLV-C44's second stage is raised.

Retreating A Good Distance


The Mobile Service Tower withdraws from the PSLV-C44 following integration to clear the launch pad for the remaining launch preparations.

Necessary Parts


As the PSLV-C44 undergoes integration, an interstage section rises for placement on the rocket.

More to Carry


Outside the rocket itself, the PSLV-C44 carries additional boosters, known as strap-ons, to increase thrust and help the craft break away from Earth's gravitational pull. This was the first launch of a PSLV rocket carrying this pair of strap-on boosters.

The Business End


The base of the PSLV-C44, the nozzle end segment of the rocket, waits on the launch pad, inside the Mobile Service Tower for the other stages to be attached.

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Christine Lunsford
Producer and Contributing Writer

Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.