ISRO PSLV C20 Rocket Successfully Launched SARAL and Six Other Satellites

ISRO PSLV C20 , (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) successfully launched the joint Indo-French Satellite, SARAL, today (February 25, 2013) in its twenty third flight from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota

These satellite carry an ocean monitor, an asteroid-hunter and an android smartphone

For India, the main payload was the Indo-French satellite SARAL (Satellite with ARgos and ALtika). The satellite witnessed ISRO collaboration with the French space agency CNES. The 409-kg satellite will collect information on oceans and rains, help locate vessels and track migration of animals and birds.

Satellites launched by ISRO PSLV C20 rocket

• 410-kg SARAL with payloads – Argos and Altika
• Two micro-satellites UniBRITE and BRITE from Austria
• AAUSAT3 from Denmark
• STRaND from United Kingdom
• Micro-satellite (NEOSSat)
• Mini-satellite (SAPPHIRE) from Canada

Features of SARAL:

* This satellite will assist the researchers in oceanographic studies.

*ARGOS-2 will help in collecting the data, while Altikameter will be responsible for measuring the height of sea surface.


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