30 C
Accra
Saturday, October 31, 2020
No menu items!

Single Indian rocket puts satellites in three orbits, in first for nation

Must Read

Change voting pattern for accelerated development – PPP Flagbearer Brigitte Dzobgenuku

Flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Brigitte Dzobgenuku has expressed great disappointment about dilapidated roads in the Amasaman...

Make certified copies of voters register available to political parties

The Leadership of Parliament has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to make copies of the certified voters register available...

EC will not conduct mass voter registration again – Chairperson

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will not conduct a mass registration, again making the just ended exercise the...

An Indian rocket on Monday placed domestic and foreign satellites in three different orbits on a single flight, a first for the nation and a low-cost option that could burnish its reputation for pioneering affordable options in space.

The launch of a domestic intelligence satellite and 28 foreign ones came less than a week after India used an anti-satellite missile to take down one of its own satellites, demonstrating a capability only China, Russia and the United States had possessed previously.

The state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said 24 satellites from the United States, two from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland were positioned in Monday’s launch, in addition to India’s EMISAT satellite.

“This particular mission is very special for ISRO,” its chairman, K. Sivan, said after the launch from India’s southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh.

“This is for the first time the PSLV is carrying out three orbital missions in a single flight,” he said in a speech, referring to the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle family of rockets.

Sivan, who previously told media the “three-in-one” launch would help cut costs, said the agency aimed to complete 30 more missions this year, including India’s second lunar exploration programme known as the Chandrayaan-2.

Among the satellites in Monday’s launch are 20 earth-imaging satellites of Planet Labs Inc, a private satellite operator based in San Francisco.

Two of the satellites, one from Lithuania and another from Switzerland, will be used for the “Internet of Things”, or connecting physical devices to the Web, the agency added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the agency on the launch and said his government was working on raising citizens’ interest in science and their respect for scientists.

ISRO wants companies such as state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Mumbai-based conglomerate Larsen & Toubro to build its rockets in future.

Last year India said it expected to spend less than 100 billion rupees ($1.4 billion) on its first manned space mission to be launched by 2022, suggesting it is likely to be cheaper than similar projects by the United States and China.

India’s 2014 launch of an unmanned Mars mission cost $74 million, just a fraction of the $671 million spent by U.S. space agency NASA on its MAVEN Mars mission.

($1=69.3080 Indian rupees)

Sourceeuronews

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Change voting pattern for accelerated development – PPP Flagbearer Brigitte Dzobgenuku

Flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Brigitte Dzobgenuku has expressed great disappointment about dilapidated roads in the Amasaman...

Make certified copies of voters register available to political parties

The Leadership of Parliament has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to make copies of the certified voters register available to political parties early enough...

EC will not conduct mass voter registration again – Chairperson

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will not conduct a mass registration, again making the just ended exercise the last. Chairperson of the EC, Jean...

PPA boss Adjenim Adjei axed from office

President Akufo-Addo has terminated the appointment of Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Adjenim Boateng Adjei with immediate effect. He has also...

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90

Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said. The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James...

More Articles Like This