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.
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.