Indian space agency, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the electronic intelligence satellite EMISAT along with 28 other satellites of global customers.
These 28 satellites, together weighing about 220 kg, belong to Spain (1), Lithuania (2), Switzerland (1) and the United States (24). These include 20 Flock-4A satellites and 4 Lemur satellites.
Emisat was launched into an altitude of 749 km orbit, while the 28 satellites were launched at an altitude of 504 km orbit.
The satellites were launched aboard the PSLV-C45 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This was the 47th mission for ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Programme and was the 71st launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota.
The launch of intelligence satellite EMISAT came days after India successfully test-fired an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile under the Mission Shakti in which Indian scientists successfully targeted and shot down a live satellite on a Low Earth Orbit.
• Weighing 436 kg, the EMISAT Satellite has been developed for monitoring radar network by India.
• EMISAT is intended for electromagnetic spectrum measurement.
• It will help locate positions of enemy radars.