Indian-French satellite put into orbit

October 12, 2011
A scale model of the Megha-Tropiques satellite is seen as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials attend a news conference in Bangalore. The Indian-French satellite that will study monsoon patterns and global warming was launched from a space centre in southern India.

An Indian-French satellite that will study monsoon patterns and global warming was launched on Wednesday from a space centre in southern India.

The satellite was one of four successfully released into orbit from the Organisation (ISRO) centre in Andhra Pradesh in a boost to India's ambitious space exploration programme.

The Megha-Tropiques satellite, a joint project between the ISRO and the French government space agency CNES, will examine climatic and atmospheric changes in tropical regions.

Three other smaller satellites were also released from the rocket, 867 kilometres (539 miles) above Earth.

"The launch of the Polar Satellite has been a grand success," ISRO chairman K. Radhakrishnan said. "All the four satellites were injected into their orbits very precisely as planned."

G. Raju, co-leader of the Megha-Tropiques project, said the satellite would start to transmit data in two or three weeks and would be in orbit for five years.

India's space programme suffered a major setback in December last year when a satellite launch vehicle blew up and fell into the after veering from its intended flight path.

India, which aims to send its first manned flight into space in 2016, first staked a claim for a share of the lucrative commercial satellite-launch market by sending up an Italian orbiter in 2007.

The country sees its space exploration programme as an achievement that underlines its emergence as a major world economy.

Explore further: India launches seven satellites: space agency

Related Stories

India launches seven satellites: space agency

September 23, 2009

India successfully launched seven satellites including six from foreign countries on Wednesday, officials said, underlining the country's ambitions in the space business.

India plans manned space mission in 2016

January 27, 2010

India will launch its first manned space mission in 2016 in a bid to match space pioneers such as Russia and the United States, a top official said Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Hubble finds clues to the birth of supermassive black holes

May 24, 2016

Astrophysicists have taken a major step forward in understanding how supermassive black holes formed. Using data from Hubble and two other space telescopes, Italian researchers have found the best evidence yet for the seeds ...

Finding aliens may be even easier than previously thought

May 26, 2016

Finding examples of intelligent life other than our own in the Universe is hard work. Between spending decades listening to space for signs of radio traffic – which is what the good people at the SETI Institute have been ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.