India has launched a new satellite to bolster its long-standing partnership with the US military.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C35) for the country’s military.
The PSLV-c35 is a heavy-lift rocket that is capable of carrying up to 12 satellites weighing up to 300 tonnes.
It is the fifth launch for the PSLV family of rockets and will also provide India with a new communications satellite.
The satellite is currently being launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The launch was hailed as a huge step forward for India’s space programme.
“The launch of PSLVC35 is an exciting moment for our country.
India has always maintained a close relationship with the United States, but we are proud of the successful launch of the PSLPV-C34 in Srikote on the second of March,” ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said in a statement.
The PSLV is an extremely heavy lift rocket that has two engines to lift it to space.
It was originally launched from Sriharakot in the south-west Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in July 2006.
India’s space agency, ISRO, has been the leading provider of military satellites since the 1960s.
It has launched more than 100 satellites in its history, and has developed satellites for the United Nations, NATO, and for European Union countries.
It also launched the Mars Orbiter Mission in 2010.
India, the world’s largest military satellite market, is a major player in the space industry.
In 2012, India’s government set aside $60 billion to build a satellite launch facility in Srishur in the country.
The government has also invested more than $1 billion in the launch of other satellites.