Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ISRO's perfect lift-off: 7 satellites in 20 min

After the loss of the Moon mission Chandrayaan, it was a moment of spectacular success for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The country's trusted space workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), proved its mettle for the 15th consecutive time on Wednesday when it successfully launched the Oceansat-2 spacecraft.
Apart from the 960 kg Oceansat, ISRO also launched six other nano satellites -- four from Germany, one from Switzerland and one from Turkey. All satellites have been placed successfully into their prescribed orbits and are meant to help the Indian fishing community.
'It's a fantastic achievement! ISRO has once again done a job precisely," said G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO.
The Rs 70 crore rocket launched the seven satellites in just 20 minutes, its 16th consecutive success. The big brother on the mission was the 960-kilogram ocean and weather monitoring satellite.
Also piggybacking were six smaller nano satellites from Switzerland, Germany and Turkey, which will test new technologies. Oceansat-2's main purpose is to identify potential fishing zones in the seas by monitoring ocean temperature and algal blooms.
Now, with a constellation of 10 remote sensing satellites already in space, India certainly is a space power to reckon with. With this perfect launch ISRO has put the loss of Chandrayaan behind it, and through Oceansat ISRO is helping the aam aadmi.

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