ISRO successfully launches Mirosat-R with student-made Satellite onboard
In the first mission of 2019, ISRO successfully launched Microsat-R, a military satellite onboard its Polar rocket PSLV C44, from the spaceport.
The fourth stage of the rocket with co-passenger and World’s lightest Satellite Kalamsat, a students’ payload, was moved to a higher circular orbit, around 450 kms from earth, so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.
Microsat-R,an imaging satellite, is meant for military purposes.
Kalamsat is an experimental satellite for studying the communication system of nano satellites, which can be useful in many fields, predominantly disaster management.
The PSLV C44is the first launch for the country’s space agency in 2019.
The PSLV-C44, assembled in 30 days, was the first mission of a new variant of the PSLV, called the PSLV-DL, as it was equipped with two strap-on configurations.
Contributed by college students and the members of a Chennai-based organisation – Space Kidz India – Kalamsat is the first to use PS4 (the fourth stage of the vehicle) as a platform to orbit around the earth.
Space Kidz India aims to nurture young scientists.
With this, the PSLV, basically a four-stage vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages, has launched 54 Indian and 269 satellites of international customers.