Days after the successful test-fire of Mission Shakti anti-satellite missile, Indian space agency ISRO launched the electronic intelligence satellite EMISAT along with 28 others as the PSLV C-45 lifted off from Sriharikota today morning.

While the space debris created by India’s ASAT mission are yet to disperse, a new variant of ISRO’s flagship Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle aka PSLV rocket named as the PSLV C-45 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9:27 AM today for a 17 minute flight. The rocket carried Defence Research Development Organisation’s (DRDO) first-of-its-kind intelligence satellite EMISAT, along with 28 nano satellites. During the flight the PSLV C-45 will place the defence-intelligence satellite in the orbit at an altitude of 749 km from earth, and then it will be brought down to 504 km to place the 28 foreign satellites in the orbit.

The launch will be a scientific challenge for ISRO, as this is the first time that they are launching a 4-strapped rocket; which means, the PSLV will place satellites in three different orbits. After completion of the placements, the rocket will be reignited and further lowered to 485 km orbit where it will serve as an orbital platform to conduct India’s first air-borne experimentations in the microgravity environment. The entire mission of launching 29 satellites into their respective orbits will take 180 minutes before the PSLV returns to Earth.

Of the 28 satellites, 24 are from the US, 2 from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland – however, the star of the launch remains to be the DRDO’s intelligence satellite EMISAT, which is capable of locating enemy radars using electromagnetic measurement. Just a few days after anti-satellite mission, Indian defence wing has launched a new defence-intelligence satellite to boost the country’s national security and strengthen space defence.