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.