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15 Major Highlights of ISRO Launch In New Year

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ISRO rings in New Year with the successful launch of PSLV-C58 carrying XPoSat and 10 payloads.

  1. ISRO celebrated the New Year with the successful launch of PSLV-C58.
  2. The rocket carried XPoSat, India’s first dedicated scientific satellite for X-ray polarization measurements, and 10 additional payloads.
  3. XPoSat’s mission is to study X-ray emissions, especially from celestial objects like black holes.
  4. The launch took place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9:10 am.
  5. XPoSat was placed into a 650km low inclination orbit approximately 22 minutes after liftoff.
  6. The PS4 stage underwent two restarts to adjust the orbit to a stable 350km circular orbit for platform experiments.
  7. The PSLV Orbital Experimental Module-3 (POEM-3) experiment was successfully executed.
  8. This launch marked the PSLV’s 60th flight and the fourth flight of PSLV with the DL variant.
  9. ISRO Chairman S Somanath highlighted that 2024 would be a busy year with Gaganyaan, test flights, and various other launches.
  10. XPoSat aims to study bright astronomical X-ray sources in extreme conditions.
  11. The mission will provide insights into celestial objects such as black holes.
  12. The PSLV-C58 also carried payloads from four Indian space startups for various experiments.
  13. The countdown for the launch began 25 hours before liftoff.
  14. The primary payload, POLIX, will measure polarimetry parameters in the medium X-ray energy range.
  15. The XSPECT payload will provide spectroscopic information in the energy range of 0.8-15 keV.

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