The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday successfully launched its maiden X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite that would offer several insights into celestial objects like black holes.
ISRO’s ever-reliable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its C58 mission, placed the primary X-Ray Polarimeter satellite XPoSat into a 650 Km Low Earth Orbit as intended after lifting off at the pre-fixed time of 9.10 am from the first launch pad here.
As the 25-hour countdown concluded, the 44.4-metre tall rocket lifted off majestically with thunderous applause from spectators who had descended here in large numbers at this spaceport situated about 135 km east of Chennai.
The X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) is aimed to investigate the polarisation of intense X-ray sources in space.
According to ISRO, it is the first dedicated scientific satellite from the space agency to carry out research in space-based polarisation measurements of X-ray emission from celestial sources.
The X-Ray polarisation serves as a crucial diagnostic tool for examining the radiation mechanism and geometry of celestial sources.
The primary payload of XPoSat is POLIX (Polarimeter Instrument in X-Rays) which is designed to measure polarimetry parameters by Raman Research Institute and XSPECT (X-ray Spectroscopy and Timing) built by the U R Rao Satellite Centre, Bengaluru. The Mission life is about five years.
Governor, CM congratulate
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy extended his heartfelt congratulations to the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the triumphant launch of the PSLV-C58 rocket on Monday.
In a congratulatory message, CM Jagan expressed that the successful placement of the ‘XPoSAT’ satellite into the intended orbit marks a momentous occasion as it ushers in the New Year. He conveyed his best wishes to ISRO, anticipating continued success in their future endeavours.
Governor Abdul Nazeer commended ISRO for elevating India’s standing on the global stage with the successful XPoSAT mission launch. He said that India, now the second country after the United States to boast an observatory satellite for black hole studies, is a testament to the nation’s technological prowess.