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The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is ISRO’s workhorse rocket. Elaborate.

Topic:  Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

4. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is ISRO’s workhorse rocket. Elaborate. (250 words)

References: isro.gov.in isro.gov.in

Why the question:

PSLV-C50 is the 52nd flight of PSLV and 22nd flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 strap-on motors). This was the 77th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.

Key Demand of the question:

To put forth the successes of PSLV in respect of satellite launches which makes it the workhorse of ISRO

Directive:

Elaborate –

Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Mention about reliability of ISRO on PSLV and including the recent PSLV-C50 launch.

Body:

Write about the profile and mechanism of PSLV rockets which has made it go to rocket for most of the launches by ISRO. Explain in briefly its working.

Track the journey of PSLV and its various yet diverse missions. Include the most famous missions such as Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Mission etc.

Bring out the comparative advantages it offers over GSLV and also its limitations.

Conclusion:

Complete the answer by summarizing why PSLV is the workhorse of ISRO.