India launches defence satellite

Space agency ISRO successfully launched the electronic intelligence satellite EMISAT along with 28 nanosatellites of global customers from Sriharikota on Sunday. With this, India seeks to give initiate a new surveillance satellite with a special mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-45) that has many firsts. EMISAT and the 28 other satellites were successfully placed in the orbit, the space agency said.

Today’s launch comes six days after India test-fired an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile in the Mission Shakti operation. “I am very happy with achieving a double bullseye in space, first with Mission Shakti a direct hit to kill of a satellite at 300 kilometer altitude and now, with the help of ISRO, India’s EMISAT successfully placed in orbit,” Dr G Satheesh Reddy, chief of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), told NDTV.

The countdown for the launch on the PSLV, in its 47th flight, began at 6:27 am on Sunday, ISRO said. This is the 71st launch vehicle mission for Sriharikota.

For the first time, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) invited common people to view the launch.

This low-Earth orbit satellite that weighs 436 kg, sources say, will monitor and give locations for enemy radar sites deep in their territory. Till now, India was using airplanes as early warning platforms, but this satellite will give a space-based platform to sniff out enemy radars.