The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) today successfully launches EMISAT and 28 international satellites of four countries from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India. This will be 47th mission of Indian polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) program. In this mission PSLV C45 rocket will carry EMISAT, India’s primary satellite and 28 international satellites from four countries which include Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and United States of America. The launch of foreign satellites by ISRO is under commercial arrangements.
Weighing about 436 kg EMISAT is a primary satellite developed by DRDO for electromagnetic spectrum measurement. In time span of 17 minutes from take off the EMISAT will be placed into 749 km orbit. The EMISAT satellite will be very helpful to detect enemy radars.
Why this mission of ISRO is unique?
This mission of ISRO is unique as for the first time PSLV will launch satellites in three different orbits. Before this mission ISRO had identified PSLV with two or six strap configuration or without any strap but this time ISRO has identified four strap on configuration. For the first time ISRO has used PSLV-QL rocket which possess four strap on boosters.