India Launches 7 Satellites

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    VOA News - India Launches 7 Satellites

    India Launches 7 Satellites

    By Anjana Pasricha
    New Delhi
    23 September 2009
    India, 23 Sep 2009

    India has launched seven satellites from a single rocket, demonstrating its growing skills in multi-satellite launches. The success comes nearly a month after India had to end its inaugural Moon mission early.

    Within a space of 20 minutes, an Indian rocket placed one big satellite and six small ones into space from the Sriharikota space center in eastern India.

    The big remote-sensing satellite will map fishing zones around India, measure ocean surfaces and wind speeds and track monsoons and cyclones.

    The six small satellites belong to other countries - four to Germany, one to Switzerland and one to Turkey.

    Last year, India put 10 satellites in space in a single launch.

    The head of the Indian Space Research organization, G. Madhavan Nair, says the latest launches have reaffirmed India's capabilities in successfully putting satellites in space.

    "It is a fantastic achievement," he said. "I think we have once again proven that we can do the job precisely."

    In the past decade, India's 46-year space program has focused on developing rocket-launching capabilities to gain a slice of the multi-billion-dollar space-launch market. It has put an Italian satellite and an Israeli spy satellite into orbit. But India is still a relative newcomer in a field dominated by big players such as the United States, Russia and the European Space Agency.

    Wednesday's satellite launch also brings a lift to the country's space scientists, who were disappointed last month when the country's first mission to the Moon had to be terminated after contact with the unmanned spacecraft was lost.

    That mission was undertaken to map the Moon's surface and search for water. Scientists say the mission was a success, and has yielded very useful data, despite its termination, a year ahead of schedule.

    In recent years, India has scaled up its ambitions to explore space, not wanting to be left behind by countries like China. It hopes to send a manned mission into space, in four years time.

    India's space program functions on a relatively modest budget of about $1 billion a year.
     
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    BBC NEWS | South Asia | India launches seven satellites


    India launches seven satellites

    September 23, 2009
    India's space programme is more than 45 years old

    India has successfully launched seven satellites in a single mission, nearly a month after the country's inaugural Moon mission was aborted.

    The rocket was carrying an Indian remote-sensing satellite and six smaller ones, all of them foreign.

    The Indian satellite will help spot fishing zones in the sea by monitoring ocean temperatures.

    Observers say India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market.

    Wednesday's launch, from the Sriharikota space centre off India's east coast, is being described as another milestone for the country's 46-year-old space programme.

    This is the 16th mission for India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) - a seven-storey-high, 230 tonne rocket.

    A spokesman for state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) S Satish told the BBC that the Indian satellite Oceansat-2 is carrying a new instrument which can measure wind speed over the surface of the ocean. He said the device will help track monsoons and cyclones.

    The rocket is also carrying six smaller satellites from Germany, Switzerland and Turkey.

    Wednesday's launch came as a boost to India's space scientists after the country terminated its inaugural Moon mission last month.

    Despite the termination of the mission, Isro chief G Madhavan Nair said that the project was a great success and 95% of its objectives had been completed.

    Last year India successfully launched 10 satellites in a single mission, boosting its capabilities in space.

    The country started its space programme in 1963, and has since designed, built and launched its own satellites into space.

    In 2007, India put an Italian satellite into orbit for a fee of $11m. In January 2008, India successfully launched an Israeli spy satellite into orbit.

    Correspondents say that the country is developing its rocket-launching capabilities to reduce its dependence on foreign space agencies, as well as to corner a share of the world's lucrative satellite-launching market.
     
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    It carries three payloads:
    Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM)
    Ku-band Pencil Beam scatterometer (SCAT) developed by ISRO
    Radio Occultation Sounder for Atmosphere (ROSA) developed by the Italian Space Agency.
    Oceansat-2 is envisaged to provide continuity of operational services of Oceansat-1(IRS-P4) with enhanced application potential.
     
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    Congratulations To India and ISRO.

    Video:
    ISRO launches 7 satellites in 1,200 seconds-News-VIDEOS-The Times of India

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    India launched Switzerland's first satellite at altitude of between 400 and 1,000 kilometres.
    SwissCube, the first all-Swiss satellite, designed by university students and built entirely in Switzerland, has been successfully launched from a site in India. - swissinfo


    One Turkish, Two German Made satellite launched From India. Which will orbit the earth at an altitude of 720 km
    First Turkish-Made Satellite Launched From India


    :india:
     
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    six other nano satellite

    CUBESAT

    The four CUBESATs are educational satellites from European universities, each weighing around one kg. and developed to perform technology demonstration in space. The satellites are launched inside a Single Picosatellite Launcher (SPL) also weighing one kg., which is a dedicated European launch adaptor to deploy a CubeSat.

    CUBESAT-1(UWE-2, from the Universität Würzburg, Germany)

    Its is a pico satellite, with the mission objective of demonstration of a newly developed Attitude Determination and Control system (ADCS) and the technology demonstration of a GPS on a Cubesat.

    CUBESAT-2(BeeSat, from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

    BeeSat is a pico satellite project of the Technical University of Berlin with the main objective of on-orbit verification of newly developed micro reaction wheels for pico satellite applications and will demonstrate the use of coin sized micro reaction wheels for attitude control of pico satellites in orbit as one of the key elements

    CUBESAT-3(ITU-pSAT1, from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

    The primary mission of the satellite is to examine the performance of an on-board passive stability system consisting of a magnet which will align the satellite to the magnetic field of the Earth with an error of about 15 degrees according to simulations, and to verify this figure. A secondary objective is to download photographs taken using a camera with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels

    CUBESAT-4(SwissCube, from Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, Switzerland)

    The SwissCube mission objective is to house a science payload and take optical measurements and characterize the airglow intensity over selected latitudes and longitudes thereby demonstrating that the airglow emissions are strong enough to be measured by an off-the-shelf detector and validating the concept for the development of a low-cost Earth sensor.

    RUBIN-9

    RUBIN-9 consists of two Spacecrafts Rubin-9.1 and Rubin-9.2 weighing 8kg each and will primarily be used for the Automatic Identification System (AIS) for Maritime applications. These are non-separable payloads that will be mounted at an angle of 45deg to the PSLV EB deck.
    Rubin-9.1It is developed by Luxspace and has a mission objective of providing an insight into the issue of message collisions that limit detection in areas of dense shipping.
    The main purpose of the Rubin-9.2 spacecraft is to test and qualify nano technologies from Angstrom company Sweden and to continue space based maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver experiments (started with Rubin-7 and Rubin-8 missions). Rubin-9.2 is similar to the Rubin-8 launched on PSLV-C9 in April 2008
     
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    Isro sets its eyes on global space market

    Isro sets its eyes on global space market
    B.R. Srikanth

    Bengaluru

    Sept. 23: With Isro’s workhorse rocket PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) putting seven satellites into orbit in less than 20 minutes on Wednesday, the space agency is set to vie for a bigger slice of the multi-billion dollar global space market.

    The rocket’s trajectory was tweaked several times during its ride into space to place multiple satellites in orbit, proving that it had the flexibility to launch several satellites during a single mission. The re-orientations ensured that the satellites did not crash into each other soon after their launch into space.

    "The agility of the rocket and its reliability (15 glitch-free flights) will improve the confidence of customers and help secure new contracts for launch of satellites," K.R. Sridhara Murthi, executive director of Antrix Corporation, the corporate arm of Isro, told this newspaper."We have not only demonstrated the reliability of our vehicle and its flexibility to take multiple satellites into space, but also deployed indigenous gadgets to hold these satellites — from two to six or even 10 on one flight," Mr Murthi said. On Wednesday, the space agency earned a fee of between 10,000 and 15,000 euros per kg for each of the six European nano satellites it launched. Antrix Corporation plans to wrest contracts for hoisting at least three out of 10 satellites of the 900 kg class designed globally every year.:d_good_luck::dance4::man_in_love:

    The Asian Age - Enjoy the difference
     
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    congrats ISRO. you guys rock.
     
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    If ISRO continues on the path they are going I can see them making something like the space shuttle Atlantis one day if the funding and success continues for ISRO.
     
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    Congratulation to the ISRO scientists , they are really making their country proud.

     
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    Something similar is already in the works by ISRO. Google RLV.
     
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    Any updates on DRDO Avatar?
     
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    Way to go ISRO. You make us all proud.
     
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    What are the six small satellites' names? On the ISRO website just the Oceansat-2 has been named but nothing about the other six satellites.
     
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    Check post no 11 you will get the info
     

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