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India Successfully launch multi-wavelength astronomy mission ASTROSAT

Astrosat launch
(Picture Credit: ISRO)

28th September 2015: Today India successfully launched multi-wavelength astronomy satellite Astrosat.

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C30) carried Astrosat and other six satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 10am.

PSLV-C30 injected Astrosat and other satellites in their successive orbits after around 25 minutes from takeoff. Four nano satellites from USA, a nanosatellite from Canada and a microsatellite from Indonesia also accompanied Astrosat in the same PSLV-C30 and successfully reached their orbits. This is the first time India launched an USA satellite.

Astrosat was successfully placed in an 644.651 km high orbit as planed. The satellite achieved an expected inclination of 6.002 degree.

Satish Dhawan Space Centre director P Kunhikrishnan said "it's a hard earned gift", after the launch. He summarised "the mission is successful. It is a well-professed and synchronous efforts."

After this successful launch, India becomes the first country in the developing world which have its own telescope in space. India also joins a prime club of USA, European Union and Japan to have this capability. China is still working to make its first space telescope named the 'Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope'.

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