Re-entry vehicle technology launched

January 11, 2007 by techbuzz | Leave a Comment
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Space scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation’s () launched a rocket on Wednesday carrying a satellite designed to test re-entry vehicle technology that could be used in a future manned space mission. ISRO’s launch Vehicle (PSLV-C-7) successfully launched four satellites into a polar orbit at from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.The satellites were launched into thepolar orbit at an altitude of 637 km with an inclination of 97.9 degrees with respect to the equator.

The rocket also put the first Indonesian-built satellite into space. Indonesian officials said. An official from ISRO said that the rocket carried the 1,210-pound , designed to test re-entry technology.

The 295-tonne PSLV attained a height of 637 km,in just 19 minutes of take from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota at 9:23 am. To accommodate the four satellites payload. The 44-meter tall PSLV-C7 carried the Cartosat-2, a 550-kg space capsule recovery experiment, a 56-kg Indonesian satellite Lapan-Tubsat and a six-kg nano-satellite, Pehuensat-1, from Argentina.
G. Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization’s chairman said, “It is a great day for the country. We have done it and done it correctly. The mission is a success.” The initial signals indicated normal health of the satellites.

PSLV, launch vehicle of the ISRO with nine consecutively successful flights so far. has launched seven Indian remote sensing satellites, an amateur radio satellite, , and four small satellites for foreign customers into 550-800 km high polar SSOs, since its first successful launch in 1994. It has also launched India’s exclusive meteorological satellite, Kalpana-1, into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). PSLV will also be used to launch India’s first spacecraft mission to moon, Chandrayaan-1, during 2008. ISRO’s last mission, the GSLV FO2, had failed on July 10.

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The rocket had carried the 1,210-pound Space Capsule Recovery Experiment, designed to test re-entry technology. The capsule will orbit Earth for 13 to 30 days before re-entering into the atmosphere and splashing into the Bay of Bengal off India’s east coast.It will test technology for ‘navigation, guidance and control’ during the re-entry phase which is important for studying moon mission

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