India Successfully Launches EMISAT, 28 Foreign Satellites
India’s EMISAT satellite and 28 foreign nano satellites were successfully launched onboard Indian Space Research Organisation’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
The rocket, PSLV-C45, injected the 436-kg EMISAT, aimed at electromagnetic measurement, and 28 co-passenger satellites belonging to Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and the U.S., into their designated orbits, ISRO said.
The rocket lifted off majestically in a burst of orange flames at 9:27 a.m. from the second launch pad at this spaceport at the end of the 27-hour countdown. ISRO Chief K Sivan and the space agency's scientists broke into cheers as the EMISAT satellite was injected into 749-km orbit, 17 minutes after the lift off.
All the 28 customer satellites, totally weighing about 220 kg, were released into around 504-km orbit, after the fourth stage was reignited and lowered in a complex operation lasting around two hours.
Again, the fourth stage would be reignited and further lowered to 485-km orbit to serve as an orbital platform for carrying out space-borne experiments for the first time in ISRO’s history.