India enters select leage

With the launch of ASTROSAT, India on Monday joined a select group of nations owning space observatory

India enters select leage

Astrosat takes off: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C 30 carrying India’s Multi Wavelength Space Observatory ASTROSAT, lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on Monday. PTI

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  • With the launch of ASTROSAT, India on Monday joined a select group of nations owning space observatory 
  • At 10 am, the 44.4 metres tall (weighing 320 tonne) polar satellite launch vehicle's XL variant (PSLV-XL) blasted off Sriharikota, around 80 km from Chennai
  • The PSLV-XL rocket carried seven satellites — ASTROSAT, four from the US and one each from Indonesia and Canada
  • This is the first time that an Indian rocket has launched US satellites
  • Developed at a cost of Rs 180 crore, India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory ASTROSAT will help in understanding the universe
  • The ASTROSAT will have five-year life. Just over 22 minutes into the flight, the rocket slug ASTROSAT at an altitude of 650 km above the earth

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