PSLV has emerged as the workhorse
launch vehicle of ISRO with eleven consecutively successful flights so far.
Since its first successful launch in 1994, PSLV has launched eight Indian
remote sensing satellites, HAMSAT - an amateur radio satellite, SRE-1 - a
recoverable space capsule and six small satellites for foreign customers into
550-800 km high polar Sun Synchronous Orbits (SSO). Besides, it has launched
two satellites from abroad into Low Earth Orbits (LEO) of low or medium
inclination. PSLV has also launched KALPANA-1 - India's exclusive
meteorological satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). PSLV will be
used to launch Chandrayaan-1 -India's first spacecraft mission to moon, during
In its standard configuration, the 44 m tall PSLV
has a lift-off mass of 295 tonne. It is a four-stage launch vehicle with the
first and the third stages as well as the six strap-ons surrounding the first
stage using HTPB based solid propellant. PSLV's first stage is one of the
largest solid propellant boosters in the world.