29 April 2008

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

India today successfully placed 10 satellites, including the country's remote sensing satellite, into orbit in a single mission.The Indian rocket,k the PSLV rocket sent all satellites into orbit one after another, just minutes apart.

The 110-pack launch by the Indian Space Research Organistion (ISRO) saw the 230-tonne Polar Satellite launch Vehicle (PSLV-C9) carry the heaviest luggage of 824 kg into the orbit. The payload included an Indian mini satellite and eight foreign nano satellites weighing under 10 kilograms, besides the 700 kilogram Cartosat-2A remote sensing satellite.

This all came after liftoff at 9:20 a.m. local time.At the end of the 52-hour countdown, the PSLV-C9, with a liftoff mass of 230 tonnes, blasted off from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and soared into the clear sky.

Fourteen minutes after the lift-off in its 13th flight, PSLV injected the satellites into the 635-km polar sun synchronous orbit. This is for the first time that the ISRO has put 10 satellites into the orbit in a single launch.

This is also PSLV's 12th successful flight. It is for the first time in the world that 10 satellites have been launched in a single mission thus setting a world record.
The previous record for most satellites launched in one attempt was
held by a Russian rocket with eight satellites.

The launch was shown on television live by a public broadcaster. ISRO chairman G. Madhavan stated the mission was “perfect.”

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