ISRO Successfully Launches Oceansat-2, Seven Other Satellites

Achieving a unique feat, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its Oceansat-2 satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh along with six other nano satellites.

Of these 6 nano satellites, four are from Germany and one each from Switzerland and Turkey. All the seven satellites were launched within a span of 20 minutes.

Oceansat-2, a 970 kg satellite, was on board ISRO’s workhouse, Polar Launch Satellite Vehicle (PLSV-C 14), which is also acclaimed for launching India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on its maiden moon mission.

It may be mentioned that Oceansat-2, India’s 16th remote sensing satellite, is meant for identification of potential fishing zones, sea state forecasting, coastal zone studies and providing inputs for weather forecasting and climate studies.

An in-orbit replacement to Oceansat-1, used to study physical and biological aspects of oceanography, which has completed 10 years of its space journey, Oceansat-2 would have a mission life of five years.

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