India’s giant stride into space


On April 28, 2008 India’s PSLV rocket launched from Satish Dhavan Spece Centre, Sriharikota successfully launched ten satellites in one go into space. It broke the earlier Russian record of launching 8 satellites from one rocket.

The launch successfully put the 690 kg Indian remote sensing satellite CARTOSAT-2A, the 83 kg Indian Mini Satellite (IMS-1) and eight nanosatellites for international customers into a 637 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). PSLV-C9 in its ‘core alone’ configuration launched ten satellites with a total weight of about 820 kg.

India’s next big challenge is the launch of Chandrayaan-1 (Moon Craft), the country’s maiden shot at the Moon to be launched later this year using the PSLV.

A $100m mission, it is meant to map the Moon surface in detail like never before and will undertake the most intense search for water on our nearest neighbour.

Source: ISRO, BBC etc.

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