New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) launched the country’s newest satellite, EMISAT, which will provide electronic intelligence to the armed forces, on Monday, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. It is the first satellite of its kind for the country.
The EMISAT took off on the four-stage PSLV-C45 rocket at 9.27am, along with 28 small commercial satellites from the second launch pad at Sriharikota. EMISAT, with its core payload or brain coming from the Defence Research and Development Organization, was launched from the fourth stage into its planned slot.
Isro chairman K Sivan said, “Today, PSLV-C45 successfully injected EMISAT in a 748km orbit and 28 other satellites in a 504km orbit as sought by the customers.”
While broadcasting the launch live, Isro scientists said, “Collision avoidance analysis [or scanning the flight path for any debris that cripples space missions] is a standard practice before all launches from Sriharikota. A few earlier launches were adjusted between 30 seconds to 2 minutes, as we did for PSLV-C42 and PSLV-C43. However, there was no such concern for today’s mission.”