Indian space agency ISRO on Monday launched 29 satellite including EMISAT, an electronic intelligence satellite, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, at Sriharikota.
According to reports, this low-Earth orbit satellite will monitor enemy radar sites. India was earlier using aeroplanes for this purpose.
Weighing about 436 kg, EMISAT is based on ISRO’s Indian Mini Satellite -2 (IMS-2) bus platform. The satellite is intended for electromagnetic spectrum measurement.
This is the 47th PSLV mission and the 71st launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota.
For the first time, ISRO invited common people to view the launch.
28 satellites are from four countries, viz. Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. All these satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements, ISRO said.