Microsat-R

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Microsat-R
Mission typeEarth Observation
OperatorIndia DRDO[1]
COSPAR ID2019-006A
SATCAT no.43947Edit this on Wikidata
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerDRDO[1]
Launch mass740 kilograms (1,630 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date24 January 2019
RocketPSLV-C44
Launch siteSatish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota)
ContractorIndian Space Research Organization
End of mission
DisposalDestroyed in Orbit by ASAT (suspected)
Destroyed27 March 2019
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeSSO at 274 km altitude
 

Microsat-R was an earth observing satellite manufactured by DRDO[1] and launched by Indian Space Research Organisation and was meant for military use.[2]

Launch[edit]

Microsat-R, along with KalamsatV2 as piggy-back, was launched on 24 January 2019[3] at 23:37 hrs from First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The launch marks the 46th flight of PSLV.[4] After 13 minutes 26 seconds in flight, Microsat-R was injected at targeted altitude of about 277.2 km. This was the first flight of a new variant of PSLV called PSLV-DL with two strap-ons, each carrying 12.2-tonne of solid propellant.[5]

Anti-satellite test[edit]

Microsat-R served as target for Indian ASAT experiment on March 27, 2019.[6][7][8] The impact generated more than 400 pieces of orbital debris with 24 having apogee higher than ISS orbit.[9][10] According to initial assessment by DRDO some of the debris (depending on size and trajectory) should re-enter in 45 days.[11] A spokesperson from NASA disagreed, saying the debris could last for years because the solar minimum had contracted the atmosphere that would otherwise cause the debris to be destroyed.[12] Another research from a leading space trajectory and environment simulation company AGI has also came to same conclusion that certain debris will take more than a year to come down and other debris still might pose a risk to other satellites and ISS and these results were also presented in the 35th Space Symposium at Colorado Springs.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "ISRO's first mission of 2019 to put military satellite Microsat-R in space". thehindu. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "PSLV-C44, carrying India's experimental satellite Microsat-R and students' payload Kalamsat, lifts off". livemint.com. January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "PSLV-C44 carrying India's military satellite Microsat-R, students' payload Kalamsat, launched". India Today. January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "PSLV-C44 successfully launched Microsat-R and Kalamsat-V2 - ISRO". www.isro.gov.in. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  5. ^ Tejonmayam, U (January 25, 2019). "Isro's PSLV C-44 successfully places military satellite Microsat-R". Times of India. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Onmanorama Exclusive | DRDO's top secret A-SAT mission codenamed 'Project XSV-1'". OnManorama. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  7. ^ "Explained Mission Shakti | What is A-SAT and how it hit Microsat-R in 168 secs". OnManorama. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  8. ^ Foust, Jeff (27 March 2019). "India Tests Anti-Satellite Weapon". Space.com.
  9. ^ "NASA: Debris From India's Anti-Satellite Test Raised Threat To Space Station". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  10. ^ "NASA's Orbital Debris Quarterly News Volume 23, Issue 3" (PDF). 2 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  11. ^ "India says space debris from anti-satellite test to 'vanish' in 45..." Reuters. 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  12. ^ "SOLAR MINIMUM IS A TERRIBLE TIME TO BLOW UP A SATELLITE". spaceweather.com. 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  13. ^ "Indian ASAT Forensics - April 9, 2019 Update".

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