The primary passenger of the 44.5 metre tall PSLV-C49 was the Indian radar imaging satellite EOS-01 (formerly RISAT-2BR2) with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) which can take pictures in all weather conditions. The satellite can take pictures day and night and will be useful for surveillance as well as civilian activities.
The nine foreign satellites that would piggyback are from: Lithuania (1-technology demonstrator), Luxembourg (4 maritime application satellites by Kleos Space) and the US (4-Lemur multi mission remote sensing satellites).
"The mission was very special and unusual in the backdrop of pandemic. Space activities cannot be done from work from home. Everyone needs to assemble here for the launch. Besides, hardware needs to be transported from various parts of the country," Sivan said.
"With limited staff, following all the protocol, the mission was launched successfully, " said Sivan adding that the upcoming launches would be PSLV-C50, demonstration flight of Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) and heavyweight rocket GSLV which will carry GISAT-1. The launch of the GISAT-1 satellite slated for March 5 this year was postponed due to technical reasons a day before the launch.