ISRO launches PSLV C44, carrying the world's lightest satellite, KalamSat-V2, made by students, for free, along with Microsat R, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
Microsat-R, placed into orbit 13 and a half minutes after lift-off, is a defense application satellite. It is the first time an Indian satellite was being placed by ISRO in a low orbit at an altitude of 274 km ISRO also used this launch as an opportunity to demonstrate the usability of the fourth stage of the rocket after the satellites are ejected into orbit.
“The first mission of 2019 is a grand success,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said from Mission Control. “Another innovation is the making the fourth stage, as an experimental platform to do technology demonstrations and carry out science experiments by students,” he said.