PSLV-C20 also carrying six foreign mini and micro satellites
New Delhi/February 25
India space agency, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) today successfully launched Indo-French satellite ‘SARAL’ with six foreign mini and micro satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
SARAL, an Indo-French satellite aimed at oceanographic studies along with six foreign mini and micro satellites onboard PSLV-C20 was launched from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 6.01 pm.
President Pranab Mukherjee was also present at the satellite launch. The 59-hour countdown for SARAL’s launch was commenced at 6.56 AM on Saturday. The rocket, which will carry 229.7 tonnes of mass, besides carrying SARAL, will into orbit two micro-satellites UniBRITE and BRITE from Austria and AAUSAT3 from Denmark and STRaND from United Kingdom, one micro-satellite (NEOSSat) and one mini-satellite (SAPPHIRE) from Canada.
The ISRO-built, SARAL is a 410-kg satellite with Argos and Altika payloads from French space agency CNES for study of ocean parameters towards enhancing the understanding of the ocean state conditions which are otherwise not covered by the in-situ measurements. SARAL will provide data products to operational and research user communities, in support of marine meteorology and sea state forecasting; operational oceanography; seasonal forecasting; climate monitoring; ocean, earth system and climate research.