India launches defense surveillance and education satellites

Date:   Saturday , May 02, 2009

The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) successfully placed into orbit the radar imaging satellite (RISAT-2), and the micro education satellite Anusat. RISAT-2 is an all-weather defense surveillance satellite.
After 17 minutes into the flight that was guided by ISRO developed navigation systems, the 229-tonne rocket slung RISAT at 540 km above the earth and Anusat 10 km further into its intended circular orbit two minutes later.

ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair said, “This is a fantastic New Year gift for the country. We are happy. Performance of the vehicle is precise. There is no deviation from the planned flight path. Both the satellites are being delivered into the orbit.”

He also said that 2009 is going to be the year of fireworks for ISRO. “We will be launching resource-sat, ocean-sat, and others. Indigenously developed cryogenic engine will also be inducted this year.”