The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is set to liftoff a locally constructed advanced military satellite with 28 other satellites from intercontinental partners, on 1 April 2019, from the SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre), Sriharikota. This would be the 47th mission of ISRO’s C45 PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). The liftoff is also targeted at illustrating the PSLV’s ability to position satellites into orbit. K. Sivan—Chairman of the ISRO—stated, “We would be utilizing a PSLV rocket through four strap-on motors. Additionally, for the first time, we would be attempting to orbit the rocket at different 3 altitudes.”
An ISRO document stated that the primary satellite would be implanted in the orbit at 749 Km, trailed by 2 fourth stage restarts to attain a 504 Km orbit, where all client satellites would be injected. Consequently, the fourth stage would be revived again to attain a 485 Km orbit to provide as an orbital platform to conduct space-borne testing. During the fourth stage, the launcher would turn in the payload platform bearing three investigational payloads that comprise an automatic recognition system for maritime satellite applications receiving messages sent from ships. The second payload includes an APRS (automatic packet repeating system) from Indian AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) that would help amateur radio operators in following and monitoring location data. The third investigational payload comprises an advanced retarding potential ARIS (Analyzer for Ionospheric Studies) from the IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology).
Recently, ISRO was in news for signing MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Tata Chemicals Limited for the space agency’s lithium-ion cell technology. Reportedly, Tata Chemicals is one of the largest chemical firms in India manufacturing basic chemistry products such as soda ash, sodium bicarbonate. The VSSC (Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre)—a part of ISRO—has advanced the technology to create space-grade lithium-ion cells of different kinds, to power its satellites and rockets.
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