Connect with us

Featured

Indian Single Rocket Puts Satellites in Three Orbits; One of Biggest Milestones for ISRO

Published

on

An Indian rocket developed by ISRO placed domestic and foreign satellites in three different orbits on a single flight, a first for the country and a low-cost option that could polish its reputation for pioneering economical options in space.

The launch of a domestic intelligence satellite and 28 foreign ones came less than a week after India used an anti-satellite missile to take down one of its own satellites, demonstrating a capability only China, Russia and the United States had possessed previously.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said 24 satellites from the United States, two from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland were positioned in Monday’s launch, in addition to India’s EMISAT satellite.

“This particular mission is very special for ISRO,” its chairman, K. Sivan, said after the launch from Andhra Pradesh.

Indian Anti-Satellite Test Directly Linked With Moon Mission Chandrayaan-2

“This is for the first time the PSLV is carrying out three orbital missions in a single flight,” he said in a speech, referring to the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle family of rockets.

Sivan, who previously told media the “three-in-one” launch would help cut costs, said the agency aimed to complete 30 more missions this year, including India’s second lunar exploration programme known as the Chandrayaan-2.

Among the satellites in Monday’s launch are 20 earth-imaging satellites of Planet Labs Inc, a private satellite operator based in San Francisco.

Two of the satellites, one from Lithuania and another from Switzerland, will be used for the “Internet of Things”, or connecting physical devices to the Web, the agency added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the agency on the launch and said his government was working on raising citizens’ interest in science and their respect for scientists.

ISRO wants companies such as state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Mumbai-based conglomerate Larsen & Toubro to build its rockets in future.

Why US Applauded Indian Anti Satellite Tests While Criticising Similar Chinese Tests in 2007?

Last year India said it expected to spend less than 100 billion rupees ($1.4 billion) on its first manned space mission to be launched by 2022, suggesting it is likely to be cheaper than similar projects by the United States and China.

India’s 2014 launch of an unmanned Mars mission cost $74 million, just a fraction of the $671 million spent by U.S. space agency NASA on its MAVEN Mars mission.

More News at EurAsian Times

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

Russia-China Russia-China
Featured2 hours ago

How Russia Assisted China To Surpass Itself As The Second-Most Powerful Air Force In The World?

Unlike how the entire world was dominated by an outpour of defence equipment in the form of fighter jets, tanks,...

Japan-Russia Japan-Russia
Asia Pacific4 hours ago

Russia, Japan Tensions Set To Explode; Moscow To Deploy S-300 Missiles In The Disputed Kuril Islands

Another round of discord may erupt between Russia and Japan over the long-disputed Kuril islands (known in Japan as the...

Pakistan-FDI-china Pakistan-FDI-china
Americas6 hours ago

Pakistan, China ‘Seriously Concerned’ After India Signs Geospatial Pact With The United States

With BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) India received a massive boost to access American capabilities including geospatial intelligence for...

TURKEY TURKEY
Featured7 hours ago

Turkey Aghast As French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Publishes ‘Loathsome Caricature’ Of Erdogan

Turkey has denounced French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing “loathsome so-called caricatures” purportedly of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Charlie...

Putin-Macron Putin-Macron
Americas17 hours ago

From Rafale Jets To Airbus – How Will Turkey, Qatar & Egypt Manage To Boycott France?

French President Emmanuel Macron has gone all-out in his attempt to defend the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which...

US-ELECTIONS-20202-TRUMP-BIDEN US-ELECTIONS-20202-TRUMP-BIDEN
Americas17 hours ago

Why US Media Is Again Underestimating Donald Trump & Ignoring His Master-Strokes?

Many analysts also fear that Joe Biden could reverse Donald Trump's policies of going tough on China and Iran while...

putin-russia putin-russia
Featured19 hours ago

French Dassault Fighter Jets Intercepted By Russian Su-27 Over The Black Sea

The Russian Defense Ministry’s National Center for Defense Management has said that Russian Air Force’s Su-27 intercepted several French attack...

ISRAEL-UAE ISRAEL-UAE
Featured20 hours ago

UAE Attempts To Woo Indonesia As It Normalizes Ties With Israel

In a historic visit, a delegation of UAE’ senior officials visited Israel for the first time, after the peace treaty,...

F-22-RAPTOR F-22-RAPTOR
Featured22 hours ago

Not Happy With F-35 Jets, Israel Looks To Acquire The Ultimate Dogfighter – F-22 Raptors From The US

Nowhere did Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu see that the historical normalisation “Abraham Accord” it has signed with the United Arab...

Russia-China Russia-China
Asia Pacific1 day ago

Russia Equips Chinese Special Forces With Latest Helicopters As It Battles India In The Eastern Ladakh

With a military stand-off that enters its sixth month not soon from now, neighbours India and China have entered an...

Advertisement