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ISRO successfully launches EMISAT, 28 other satellites

Updated : 2019-04-01 21:13:26

India's EMISAT satellite on Monday was successfully launched onboard the polar rocket PSLV-C45 from Satish Dhawan Space Center. After a perfect lift-off at the end of the 27-hour countdown, the nearly 50 metre-tall PSLV-C45 injected the 436 kg EMISAT into the orbit about 17 minutes later. The EMISAT satellite is aimed at electromagnetic measurement. The 28 foreign customer nano-satellites would be released into different orbits nearly two hours later after restarting the fourth stage of the rocket, ISRO said. After the release of all the satellites, ISRO would undertake orbital experiments, including on maritime satellite applications, making the mission a first of its kind for the space agency. (Captions: PTI/Images: ISRO)

As the 27-hour countdown concluded, the nearly 50-metre tall rocket, a new variant of ISRO's trusted work horse PSLV-QL, blasted off from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 125 km from here, at 9.27 am.
As the 27-hour countdown concluded, the nearly 50-metre tall rocket, a new variant of ISRO's trusted work horse PSLV-QL, blasted off from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 125 km from here, at 9.27 am.
The EMISAT satellite is aimed at electromagnetic measurement.
The EMISAT satellite is aimed at electromagnetic measurement.
The mission marks several firsts to the credit of the space agency as it would manoeuvre satellites in various orbits and orbital experiments, including on maritime satellite applications.
The mission marks several firsts to the credit of the space agency as it would manoeuvre satellites in various orbits and orbital experiments, including on maritime satellite applications.
According to ISRO, a new variant of the rocket PSLV-QL equipped with four Strap-On motors in the first stage is used for the launch.
According to ISRO, a new variant of the rocket PSLV-QL equipped with four Strap-On motors in the first stage is used for the launch.
PSLV, also used in India's two key missions,
PSLV, also used in India's two key missions, "Chandrayan" in 2008 and Mars Orbiter in 2013, is a reliable and versatile launch vehicle for ISRO with 39 consecutive successful flights till June, 2017 and five-in-a-row from January 2018.
The rocket has encountered only two failures so far, its maiden developmental flight ended unsuccessful way back in 1993.
The rocket has encountered only two failures so far, its maiden developmental flight ended unsuccessful way back in 1993.
In this mission, ISRO scientists would place the satellites and payloads in three different orbits, a first for the agency.
In this mission, ISRO scientists would place the satellites and payloads in three different orbits, a first for the agency.
ISRO said this was the first time it has been envisaged to provide a micro-gravity environment for research organisations and academic institutes to perform experiments.
ISRO said this was the first time it has been envisaged to provide a micro-gravity environment for research organisations and academic institutes to perform experiments.
The other 28 international satellites -- 25 3U type, two 6U type and one 2U type nano satellites -- are from Lithuania (two), Spain (one), Switzerland (one) and the United States (24).
The other 28 international satellites -- 25 3U type, two 6U type and one 2U type nano satellites -- are from Lithuania (two), Spain (one), Switzerland (one) and the United States (24).
All these satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements, the ISRO said. In February, ISRO launched India's communication satellite GSAT-31 from the European launch service provider Ariane from French Guiana.
All these satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements, the ISRO said. In February, ISRO launched India's communication satellite GSAT-31 from the European launch service provider Ariane from French Guiana.
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