Chennai: Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ) has achieved another milestone in space with the launch of PSLV satellite from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 9:12 am today. A rocket carrying three Indian satellites, three Algerian and one each from Canada and US has put India in the unique league.
What unique with PSLV is that most countries launch satellites in a single orbit, even if carry multiple satellites are injected. But PSLV has the capability to launch its payloads in two different orbits. Recently European Space Agency’s succeeded in launching satellite in twin-orbit
AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said this is a two-in-one mission which brings India in a unique league of countries having the capability to send the satellite in two different orbits in a single mission. India satellite SCATSAT, meant for ocean and weather forecasts, cyclone detection. tracking has been placed in orbit.
Satellite called Pratham, a 10-kg satellite developed by students of the IIT Bombay, will study the total electron count in space. Our satellite PISAT is 5.25-kg made by students of Bengaluru’s PES University. It will take Photographs of earth
The rocket carrying satellite travel at a speed of more than 2660 kmph, which give our PSLV an edge in the multi-billion dollar commercial launch market. “It will open the new market to commercialize ISRO’s launch capability for two-orbit configurations. Later this year India hopes to launch its heaviest rocket which would be first of its kind. This Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle capable of taking up to 4 tonnes of communications satellite.
Algeria has launched earth observation, remote sensing and technology demonstration satellites with the help of India . America Pathfinder-1 is a commercial high-resolution imaging microsatellite. And Canada’s NLS-19 is a technology demonstration nanosatellite for testing to reduce space debris and for tracking commercial aircraft.