Sunday, April 19, 2009

India Successfully Launches Satellites Tonight

The country of India launched a pair of satellites this evening from its coastal launch base into low earth orbit, one of which will assist their country in the war on terrorism.

Liftoff of the PSLV-C12 rocket occurred on time at 6:45 am Indian Time Monday morning, or 9:15 pm EDT Sunday evening, from from the Satish Dhawan Space Center's Pad 2 (above today), located on an island on the east coast of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

The prime payload is the RISAT-2, or Radar Imaging 2 satellite, which India obtained from Israel last year, to help fight local terrorism and to survey terrorist cells in neighboring Pakistan. The high tech, super powerful radar imaging on RISAT will allow India to see through tree brush and canvas tents.

The secondary payload is the ANUSAT, which was developed by a university in India. Both satellites were sent into
an orbit of 550 km (345 miles) high and at an orbital inclation of 41 degrees to the equator.

This was the thirteenth successful launch out of 15 flights of the PSLV-C12.

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