Electronic intelligence satellite EMISAT and other nano-satellites of global customers from Sriharikota launched by the space agency ISRO. India has given birth to a new surveillance satellite with a special mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-45), which has many firsts.
For the first time, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) invited common people to view the launch. This is the 71st launch vehicle mission for Sriharikota.
EMISAT is a low-earth satellite that weighs 436 kg, which will monitor and give locations for enemy radar sites deep in their territory. India, till now, was using airplanes as early warning platforms, but EMISAT will give a space-based platform to sniff out enemy radars.
The mission would see ISRO placing payloads in three orbits and conducting space experiments for the first time. “The immediate mission what we are targeting is the PSLV C-45. This mission is special in the sense, for the first time PSLV will have a three-orbit mission in a single flight,” said K Sivan, ISRO chairman.
EMISAT is aimed at measuring the electromagnetic spectrum, at around 17 minutes from lift off in a 749 km orbit, they would restart the fourth stage again.
The launch also carries 28 small satellites of the US, Switzerland, Lithuania and Spain. These include 20 Flock-4A satellites and 4 Lemur satellites of the same variety that gave the controversial images that questioned the efficacy of the Balakot air strikes by the Air Force.