Indian rocket puts seven satellites in orbit

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    Indian Rocket Launches Asteroid-Hunting Satellite, Tiny Space Telescopes | Space.com

    A rocket carrying seven new satellites, including the first spacecraft designed to hunt huge asteroids and two of the world's smallest space telescopes, launched into space Monday (Feb. 25) from an Indian spaceport.

    The Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off at 7:31 a.m. EST (1231 GMT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on a mission to deliver its muti-national payloads into Earth orbit.

    Several other payloads rode piggyback on the PSLV rocket, including the $25 million Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat), a small spacecraft designed to seek out large asteroids in orbits that may stray near the Earth.

    The suitcase-size satellite cannot track small space rocks like asteroid 2012 DA14, the 130-foot (40 meters) object that buzzed the Earth on Feb. 15, but scientists working with NEOSSat will use it to search for a specific types of asteroids that are at least 31 million miles (50 million kilometers) from Earth, mission scientist said. [See how NEOSSat tracks asteroids (Video)]

    "NEOSSat will probably reduce the impact hazard from unknown large NEO’s [near-Earth objects] by a few percent over its lifetime, but is not designed to discover small asteroids near the Earth that may be on collision courses," NEOSSat co-principal investigator Alan Hildebrand of the University of Calgary wrote in a statement.
     
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    Indian rocket puts seven satellites in orbit

    Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 25 (IANS) An Indian rocket Monday evening successfully placed in orbit seven satellites - the Indo-French satellite SARAL, the world's first smart phone-operated nano satellite, a space telescope satellite and four other foreign satellites - in copybook style.
    A little after 6 p.m., the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C20 (PSLV-C20) standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing around 230 tonnes - hurtled towards the skies ferrying the seven satellites, together weighing 668.5 kg.
    President Pranab Mukherjee witnessed the first of the 10 space missions planned by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) during 2013 and also the country's 102nd space mission.
    The other dignitaries who witnessed the successful launch were Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy.
    With a rich orange flame at its tail and a plume of white fume, the rocket ascended towards the evening skies amidst the resounding cheers of ISRO scientists and a media team assembled at the launch centre.
    Space scientists at ISRO's new rocket mission control room were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth's gravitational pull.
    At around 18 minutes into the flight, PSLV-C20 spat out the SARAL satellite. The following four minutes saw the rocket ejecting six satellites in their intended polar orbit.
    Immediately on the successfully ejection of the seven satellites, scientists at the mission control centre were visibly relieved and started clapping happily.
    Mukherjee congratulated the scientists. "Delighted to witness the remarkable launch of the PSLV. I congratulate ISRO for successfully executing the mission," he said.
    He said India's capability was recognised by the world and stressed the need to apply technology in various aspects of life touching the commonman, adding that innovation and drive towards self-reliance was the need of the hour in increasing India's capability.
    Mukherjee also said the people were looking forward to the launch of the heavier rocket - the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III - which will be a huge step forward to place India amongst the top few space-faring nations.
    He said India has used space applications in tele-education and tele-medicine, which has made technology possible in super speciality hospitals to service the poor.
    The president said socially relevant uses of technology that meet the country's development goals are imperative to address the demands of population. Our endeavour must be to lower the cost of access to space through greater innovation and drive towards technology refinement.
    "ISRO enjoys tremendous trust amongst our countrymen. This faith and confidence puts the onus back on the organization to raise the bar of its performance, scale greater heights and explore newer frontiers. For India to occupy its rightful place in the comity of nations, we must promote innovation and technological advancement. ISRO should be in the forefront of such a movement," the president said.
    Exuding happiness at the successful mission ISRO Chairman K.Radhakrishnan thanked Mukherjee for his presence.
    The successful launch of the satellites takes ISRO's tally of launching foreign satellites to 35. ISRO started putting into space third-party satellites for a fee in 1999 on its PSLV-C2 rocket.
    Since then India has been successful in launching medium-weight satellites for overseas agencies. Initially ISRO started carrying third-party satellites atop PSLV rockets as co-passengers of its own remote sensing/earth observation satellites.
    In 2007, ISRO for the first time launched an Italian satellite - Agile - as a standalone for a fee.
    India began its space journey in 1975 with the launch of Aryabhatta using a Russian rocket and till date, it has completed 102 space missions.
    Interestingly, the PSLV carried seven satellites for second time after having done so in September 2009.
    However, the highest number of satellites put into orbit in one go by the PSLV rocket - 10 - was in April 2008.
    Two of the SARAL satellite's payload (ARGOS and ALTIKA) has been supplied by the French National Space Agency CNES while the solid state C-band transponder is from ISRO.
    The SARAL will study the sea surface heights and the data generated will be shared by both countries.
    Indian space agency officials told IANS the data from SARAL will be useful for operational as well as research user communities in fields like marine meteorology and sea state forecasting; operational oceanography; seasonal forecasting; climate monitoring; ocean, earth system and climate research; continental ice studies; protection of bio-diversity; management and protection of the marine eco-system; environmental monitoring and improvement of maritime security.
    According to ISRO, SARAL is the first under the Indian mini-satellite Bus-series 2 configured for 400 kg satellites.
    The Indian space agency states this satellite frame is envisaged to be the workhorse for different types of operational missions in the coming years.
    Among the other six satellites that PSLV-C20 put in orbit are two Canadian satellites - NEOSSat (Near Earth Object Space Surveillance Satellite), the world's first space telescope designed by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Sapphire satellite built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA); BRITE and UniBRITE (both Austrian); STRaND-1 (Britain) and AAUSAT (Denmark).
    The STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research, and Nanosatellite Demonstrator) is the world's first 'smartphone satellite' carrying Google Nexus One phone running on the Android operating system.
    The 6.5 kg satellite is a British mission jointly developed by the University of Surrey's Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).
    The phone will run several applications, including collection of data and photographing the earth with its camera.
    Once all the satellite's own operating systems have been checked out, key system functions will be transferred to the phone's components to take control and operate the satellite, SSTL said on its website.
    According to CSA, NEOSSat will detect and track asteroids and satellites circling the globe every 100 minutes and scanning space near the Sun to pinpoint otherwise almost invisible asteroids.
    The satellite will also be useful in tracking resident space objects, including space debris.
    On the other hand, Sapphire will look for resident space objects that include functioning satellites and space debris circling between 6,000 km and 40,000 km above the earth.
    (Venkatachari Jagannathan can be contacted at [email protected])
     
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    ISRO :dude:
     
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    congrtas to ISRO

    Eagerly waiting for gslv powered by Indian cryogenic engine
     
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    just a Question to dear farhaan. why cant Pakistan send civilian rocket/satelite in space?

    where as they send nuke rocket in space every 15 days


    kya north korea ya china ne yeah tech nahi diya??
     
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    Stop needling that poor deluded fool. He still thinks Pakistani can actually make a ballistic missile.
     
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    atleast they can paint it:pound::pound:
     
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    Well, maybe you should ask the same question to anyone from Bangladesh or Nepal, their answers would make you feel even better!

    What is the point to compare youself to a country that lags far behind you!
     
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    Well China hasnt illicitly provided Nepal or Bangladesh with Nuclear and missile technology ..... over the years, the Pakis have started believing and asserting that this was achieved by their own jihadist scientists and engineers, its important to make them realize that their claim to fame is not of their own doing , but just a measure taken by China to create a lifelong nuisance for India. Left to themselves I doubt the Pakis could even invent the wheel
     
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    Congratulations :)
     
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    The interesting bit for me was that the launch was delayed by 5 mins coz space debris was detected. This point how advanced a tech we have to track space object which for me has military use for ASAT.
     
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    People of Bangladesh or Nepal didn't say One Pakistani = Four Indians , so it makes sense to ask question to the strongest

    I don't understand why if a begger is asked question another begger jumps in:frusty::taunt1:
     
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    What is the big deal , Pakis can throw the satellite into orbit with their bare hands because 1 paki = 4 Indians both in strength & mind:thumb:
     
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    @all,

    We ourselves demean ourselves by brining in low life Pakis. We took pains to de-hyphenate ourselves from Pakis but you guys cannot look beyond Pakis.

    Last warning to all those who get in unnecessary posts.
     
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    :kiss: :troll: :nono: :hug: :D
     
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    I am sorry. I was in a hurry and I typed it wrongly. I request MODS to edit the post and make it as ISRO.......:hail::hail::hail:
     
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    Yusuf bhai

    pls tell this to our chinese friends & that monkey Farhaan they indulge in loose talk , Check Agni-V & LCA thread for instance

    we have just reacted
     
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    There was no reason to bring in Pak in this thread.
     
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    Well, because this question sounds funny to the second begger (China) since it was actually asked by another beggar (india).
     
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