Portal:Spaceflight/Selected article/Week 18 2008

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A PSLV on its launch pad

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (usually known by its acronym, PSLV) is an expendable launch system operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It was developed to allow India to launch its Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites into sun synchronous orbits, a service that was, until the advent of the PSLV, commercially viable only from Russia. PSLV can also launch small size satellites into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). (more...)