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Elon Musk congratulates ISRO for successful launch of PSLV-C55

Last week, ISRO successfully launched the PSLV-C55 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and placed two Singaporean satellites for Earth observation into the intended orbit

Elon Musk congratulates ISRO for successfully placing two Singaporean satellites into orbit (AP)Premium
Elon Musk congratulates ISRO for successfully placing two Singaporean satellites into orbit (AP)

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has congratulated the Indian space agency for the successful launch of PSLV-C55 and placing two Singaporean satellites for Earth observation into the intended orbit.

Billionaire Elon Musk wrote 'Congratulations' to ISRO on Twitter as the latter announced that the "PSLV- C55/TeLEOS-2 mission is accomplished successfully".

On Saturday, ISRO successfully launched the PSLV-C55 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and placed two Singaporean satellites for Earth observation into the intended orbit.

Talking about the launch, ISRO chief S Somanath said the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle once again in its 57th flight demonstrated its reliability and suitability for commercial launch.

The dedicated commercial mission was conducted through NSIL ( NewSpace India Limited) with TeLEOS-2 as the primary satellite and Lumelite-4 as a co-passenger satellite. Both the satellites, which belong to Singapore, weigh about 741 kg and 16 kg, respectively, and are intended to be launched into an Eastward low-inclination orbit.

Musk also owns a private space company called SpaceX. Recently, the Starship rocket built by his firm exploded during its first flight. The next-generation spacecraft is designed to send astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

Despite the failure to complete the full 90-minute flight test and reach orbit, SpaceX and Musk, the founder and CEO of the private space company, declared it a success.

"Congrats SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship!" Musk tweeted. "Learned a lot for the next test launch in a few months."

"With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and we learned a tremendous amount about the vehicle and ground systems today that will help us improve on future flights of Starship," Musk said.

Starship consists of a 164-foot (50-meter) tall crew vehicle that sits atop a 230-foot tall first-stage Super Heavy booster rocket.

SpaceX conducted a successful test-firing of the 33 massive Raptor engines on the booster in February but the Starship spacecraft and the Super Heavy rocket were being flown together for the first time.

The integrated test flight was intended to assess their performance in combination.

Musk had warned ahead of the test that technical issues were likely and sought to play down expectations for the inaugural flight.

"There's a million ways this rocket could fail," he said.

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Published: 24 Apr 2023, 09:22 AM IST
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