New Delhi: Space agency ISRO launched the electronic intelligence satellite EMISAT along with 28 nano satellites of global customers from Sriharikota on Sunday.
The launch on Sunday comes days after India test-fired an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile in the Mission Shakti operation. The new system will help India to erect a new surveillance satellite with a special mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that has many firsts.
The countdown for the launch on the PSLV, in its 47th flight, began at 6:27 am on Sunday, ISRO said. This is the 71st launch vehicle mission for Sriharikota.
This low-Earth orbit satellite that weighs 436 kg, sources say, will monitor and give locations for enemy radar sites deep in their territory.
"The immediate mission what we are targeting is the PSLV C-45. This mission is special in the sense, for the first time PSLV will have a three-orbit mission in a single flight," said ISRO chairman K Sivan.
This time, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) invited common people to view the launch.