1/25/2019 2:48:49 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
India successfully launched Microsat-R, a military satellite on board its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), from Sriharikota on Thursday (January) in the first Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) mission in 2019. The world’s lightest satellite, made by Indian students, was also put into orbit by the rocket launched by ISRO. The satellite Kalamsat-V2, which weighs only 1.26 kg, was made by students who work with a private organisation called Space Kidz India in Madras. It cost Rs 12 lakh (about US$16,800) to make.
The 44-metre-tall, four-stage PSLV-C44 blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11:37 pm (IST) after a 28-hour countdown. The rocket put the 740-kg Microsat-R into orbit 13 minutes and 30 seconds after the launch. This is the first time an Indian satellite was being placed by ISRO in a low orbit at an altitude of 274 km, says the Hindu.
The fourth stage of the rocket with co-passenger Kalamsat, would be moved to a higher orbit, around 450 km from the Earth, earth, to carry out experiments.
Till now, the fourth stage of the rocket used to be just space debris. But with Kalamsat, ISRO is using the launch to show the usability of the fourth stage, reports the Hindu.