The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the country’s first electronic surveillance satellite, EMISAT, from Sriharikota in coastal Andhra Pradesh. PSLV C-45/ Emisat mission is scheduled for launch on 1st April from Sriharikota. It will be ISRO’s first attempt to place a payload in three different orbits.
- Space-based electronic intelligence or ELINT from the 436-kg spacecraft will add teeth to situational awareness of the Armed Forces as it will provide location and information of hostile radars placed at the borders.
- This will be another dimension to current land or aircraft-based ELINT, according to defence experts who did not wish to be named. ISRO.
- Its two solar arrays were deployed automatically. The ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.”
- The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is an expendable medium-lift launch vehicle designed and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation.
- The purpose of PSLV is to deliver a 1.5 tonne class satellite (usually for earth observation and remote sensing satellites) to a Sun- Synchronous Orbit or Polar Synchronous Orbit, which previously India took help from Russia to do so.