ISRO successfully launches India’s latest EMISAT defence satellite


  • The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, launched India’s latest satellite EMISAT and 28 other smaller satellites of international customers this morning with textbook precision.
  • The ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru has assumed control of EMISAT satellite after its successful launch.
  • The national space agency’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV-C45, carrying the payloads on board, lifted off from its spaceport, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 09:27 am.
  • In a little over 17 minutes, the primary payload EMISAT was ed by the rocket at an altitude of 754 km, as planned.
  • In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
  • EMISAT is capable of gathering information of strategic value, in the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • The foreign satellites include 24 from the US, two from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland.
  • ISRO has started reusing PS4 as an innovated, low-cost, space-friendly test bed for its own microgravity experiments and those of others. It has been gradually putting additional support systems also on every new PS4; the power generating solar panels are new this time.
  • This is the third such mission and carries an ISRO test on Automatic Identification System (AIS) related to tracking ships on sea.
  • AMSAT or the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, India, has sent a payload called the Automatic Packet Repeating System.
  • This is expected to help amateur radio operators to get improved locational accuracy in their tracking and monitoring.
  • The third one, the Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies has been sent up by ISRO’s university, the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology.
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