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

The Business of Launches

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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

Double Checking

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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

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

Retreating A Good Distance

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

Necessary Parts

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

More to Carry

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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

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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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