India launches DRDO's EMISAT and 28 third-party nanosatellites: All you need to know

India launches DRDOs EMISAT and 28 third-party nanosatellites: All you need to know

  • A couple of months later, India signed up to train 45 countries in small satellite making; two months after that, in a historic launch on April 1, 2019, India launched 28 international nano-satellites along with the homegrown EMISAT for DRDO from Sriharikota.
  • ISRO's PSLV C45 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9:27 AM, Monday, in a mission that could see the space agency manoeuvering satellites of global customers in various orbits and orbital experiments, including on maritime satellite applications and systems to detect enemy radar.
  • At the end of a 27-hour countdown on Monday, ISRO used a new variant of the dependable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-QL) to launch these satellites from its second launch pad at the Sriharikota spaceport.
  • The 50-metre-tall PSLV C45 carried and shot off the 436 kg primary satellite EMISAT in less than an hour after liftoff, followed by 25 3U type, two 6U type and one 2U type nano satellites from Lithuania (two), Spain (one), Switzerland (one) and the US (24).
  • In a similar mission last November, ISRO launched India's first earth observation Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) and 30 commercial foreign satellites, including one micro and 29 nanosatellites that are currently engaged in earth observation, communication, Internet of things (IoT), and scientific experiments from various countries.


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