PSLV-C5 is the eighth flight of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV.
Since its first flight in 1993, the payload capability of PSLV has been
progressively improved by more than 600 kg. PSLV has also launched multiple
satellites. In PSLV-C5 mission, the vehicle will launch an Indian Remote
Sensing Satellite, IRS-P6 (RESOURCESAT-1), weighing 1360 kg into an 817 km high
polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
With six successive successful launches so far, PSLV has emerged
as the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO for launching satellites into SSO as
well as Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). PSLV is also offered for launching
satellites of other space agencies /countries through the Antrix Corporation