India now has an intelligence satellite in space that will watch ‘enemy radars’

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) 44 carrying Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) "Microsat R" and "Kalamsat" lifts off from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on Jan 24, 2019.IANS

  • India’s Space Research Organisation successfully launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket on Monday.
  • India is planning to build nearly seven more satellites along with the launch of two more defence satellites carried by its Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) rocket.
  • So far, India used airplanes to track down enemy sites. However, the defense satellite will ease the process of locating enemy radar sites.
Six days after India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, the country has put another satellite in space that will keep an eye on ‘enemy radars’ for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO).

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a 436 kg rocket into the low-earth orbit that will collect data and relay them to the ground station for the next six months.Until now, India used airplanes for such warnings.

The electronic intelligence satellite, EMISAT, and 28 nano satellites, lifted off from second launchpad of Sriharikota at 9:27 am, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

About 47 seconds after the launch, the EMISAT was ejected at an altitude of nearly 753 km. After nearly one and a half hour of rocket blast, the 28 foreign satellites will be ejected.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched today is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.

For the first time, ISRO allowed common people to witness the launch. "It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes," ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier told IANS.

India is planning to build nearly seven more satellite along with the launch of two more defence satellites around the month of July, August carried by its Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) rocket.


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