In a significant breakthrough, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday successfully launched the EMISAT satellite along with 28 nanosatellites from other nations, including 24 others from the United States from the Sriharikota launch station at 9:27 am.
ISRO’s PSLV C45 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre carrying India’s EMISAT and 28 satellites from global customers which includes the US.
— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2019
The important mission would witness ISRO placing payloads in 3 orbits and carrying out the space experiments for the first time. This goes to show that India has already entered its name as ‘elite space power’.
It should be noted that EMISAT satellite is an intelligence satellite. As per ISRO’s statement, the EMISAT is mainly aimed at electromagnetic measurement.
This sensational development comes days after DRDO’s successful testing of an anti-satellite missile with Mission Shakti as India became the 4th nation in the world to become ‘space power’ after the likes of US, Russia and China which can take down even satellites of enemies during war.
It has been said that ISRO’s third generation workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was used in the launch today, which was PSLV’s 47th flight, the Indian space agency said in a statement.
The four-stage PSLV-C45 lifted off from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, at 9.27 am Monday. The other 28 international satellites namely 25 3U type, two 6U type and one 2U type nanosatellites are from Lithuania (2), Spain (1), Switzerland (1) and the United States (24).