Posted 2009-09-25 5:00 AM Subject: Satellite Launch By India
Satellite Launch By India
A satellite is an object which has been placed into orbit by human endeavor. Such objects are sometimes called artificial satellites to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Moon. The first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.
The first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. Till now thousands of satellites had been launched into orbit around the Earth. These originate from more than 50 countries and have used the satellite launching capabilities of ten nations. A few hundred satellites are currently operational, whereas thousands of unused satellites and satellite fragments orbit the Earth as space debris. A few space probes have been placed into orbit around other bodies and become artificial satellites to the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Recently India launched seven satellites in a single mission. The rocket was carrying an Indian remote-sensing satellite and six smaller ones, all of them foreign. The Indian satellite will help spot fishing zones in the sea by monitoring ocean temperatures. These satellites were launched from the Sriharikota space centre off India's east coast, and are being described as another milestone for the country's 46-year-old space programme. This is the 16th mission for India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) - a seven-storey-high, 230 tonne rocket. Oceansat-2 is carrying a new instrument which can measure wind speed over the surface of the ocean. This device will help track monsoons and cyclones. The rocket is also carrying six smaller satellites from Germany, Switzerland and Turkey.
Posted 2009-09-27 2:25 PM Subject: RE: Satellite Launch By India
Spy satellite launched from India
After several delays, the TecSar reconnaissance satellitewassuccessfully launched Sunday overnight. The TecSar reconnaissance satellite launched from India The rocket carrying the satellite was launched atop an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle [PSLV] rocket from the satellite launch pad in Sriharikata. Weighing just under 300 kilograms, the TecSar was developed by the IAI's Space Division MBT and has the ability to create images of objects on Earth day and night, even in cloudy weather conditions - a capability not available in Israel's Ofek satellite series.