We've been following the progress on ISRO's latest launch. Following a few failures last year, ISRO successfully put three satellites into orbit using its PSLV C-16 rocket. The PSLV C-16 launched from the ISRO launchpad in Sriharikota at 10:12am this morning. The craft reached orbit within 20 minutes of take off. The total payload of the satellites was a massive 1,404 kg. The mission was powered by a mix of liquid propellant as well as solid rocket boosters.
The PSLV C-16 sitting on the launchpad
One of the satellites onboard the PSLV C-16 was the Resourcesat-2, which will be responsible for mapping natural resources. The other satellites to be launched the Youthsat, which would built with collaboration with Russia. The third satellite called X-SAT was built by Singapore that was designed to demonstrate remote sensing and image processing capabilities. The Resourcesat-2 replaces the Resourcesat-1 and has a operating life of five years. The Youthsat will operate for the next two years.