ISRO launching PSLV-C54, their sixth and last mission of 2022

ISRO launching PSLV-C54, their sixth and last mission of 2022

The PSLV-C54 is the 56th mission of the ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that was launched on Nov 26th, 2022 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. The mission was the sixth and last launch of 2022 for ISRO.

ISRO launching PSLV-C54 with primary payload OceanSat-3 (EOS-06) satellite for Earth Observation and the secondary payload were 8x ride-sharing micro-satellites for private company Dhruva Space (Thybolt-1 & -2), the INS-2B for BhutanSat, 4x Astrocast-2 satellites for Astrocast from Switzerland and the Anand micro satellite for private company Pixxel from India.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), headquartered in Bangalore, India, is the space agency of the Indian government. ISRO construct and launches Earth observation-, communication-, navigation-, experimental and nano satellites for the Indian Government and international clients and NGO’s. ISRO conducted more than 100 successful space missions till date.

ISRO was formed in 1969 to develop an independent Indian space program and superseded the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), which was established in 1962. The establishment of ISRO institutionalized space activities in India and is managed by the Department of Space, which reports to the Prime Minister of India.

In March 2019 the Finance Minister of India established NewSpace India, Ltd. (NSIL) to scale up industry participation in Indian space programmes. NSIL is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of Government of India and the commercial arm of ISRO.