ISRO Launches ASTROSAT, 6 Foreign Crafts, Including 4 From US

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India Monday successfully launched ASTROSAT, its maiden dedicated space observatory aimed at undertaking a detailed understanding of the universe, and six foreign satellites, including four from the US, onboard PSLV-C30 from the spaceport here.

ISRO launches
ISRO launches
ISRO launches
ISRO launches
ISRO launches
ISRO launches

This was the first time that India launched US satellites, belonging to a San Francisco-based company, under an agreement signed with Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of Indian Space Research OrganisationISRO”.

ISRO launches
ISRO launches

In a textbook launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, ISRO’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle “PSLV”, in its 31st flight, injected ASTROSAT and the six co-passengers into orbit about 25 minutes after a perfect lift-off amidst cheers from scientists led by the space agency’s Chairman Kiran Kumar.

ISRO launches
ISRO launches

The launch was witnessed by Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Choudhry, who later congratulated the ISRO scientists and said the space programme was “exactly going as per our present Prime Minister’s vision and plan” and what he has said in the United States yesterday.

ISRO launches
ISRO launches

With a lift-off mass of about 1,513 kg, ASTROSAT was first injected into a 650 km orbit by PSLV-C30, followed by the other six satellites in the space of about three minutes.

ISRO launches
ISRO launches

International customer satellites that piggybacked the PSLV C30 were the LAPAN-A2 of Indonesia meant for maritime surveillance using Automatic Identification System (AIS), and maritime monitoring nanosatellite from Canada, NLS-14 (Ev9), which uses ‘next generation’ AIS.

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