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PSLV C-44 Successful

PSLV C-44 Successful


  • GS3 || Science and technology || Space || Satellites & Launch Vehicles

Why in news?

  • India has successfully launched Microsat-R, a military satellite and Kalamsatonboard its Polar rocket PSLV C44, in the first mission for the ISRO in 2019.


  • Microsat-R is meant for military use.
  • The first payload was the 740-kg primary satellite Microsat-R which was put into the polar sun-synchronous orbit in about 14 minutes after initial liftoff.
  • Microsat-R, an imaging satellite, is meant for military purposes, but the ISRO did not give any details about it.

About Kalamsat :

  • Kalamsat is a communication satellite with a life span of two months. The nanosatellite is a 10cm cube weighing 1.2 kg.
  • It was the first to use the rocket’s fourth stage as an orbital platform. It is the world’s lightest and first ever 3D-printed satellite.
  • Kalamsat, named after the former president A P J Abdul Kalam, is the lightest satellite that India has ever launched and it has been built by students of Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science, Chennai. Built at a cost of around Rs 12 lakh, the Kalamsat took over six years to build by these students.
  • The Kalamsat would be the first to use the rocket’s fourth stage as an orbital platform.
  • The fourth stage would be moved to higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.

About PSLV-C44 :

  • The PSLV-C44 is the first launch for the country’s space agency in 2019.
  • The PSLV-C44, assembled in 30 days, was the first mission of a new variant of the PSLV, called the PSLV-DL