Monday, April 23, 2007

PSLV C-8 Launch

Today(23 rd April,2006) PSLV C-8 has successfully taken Italian satellite AGILE and Indian satellite AAM(Advanced Avionics Module) to orbit.
ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has been hugely successful till now. This one is PSLV's 11th flight and the first commercial launch. PSLVs had put 6 foreign satellites in orbit before for a nominal fee. This is for the first time Antrix, the commercial wing of Department of Space has charged international rates.
AGILE is an astronomical satellite. It is to study distant celestial bodies in the X-ray and Gamma ray regions of electromagnetic spectrum.
AMM is to test advanced launch vehicle avionics systems eg mission computer, navigation and telemetry systems. It has a next generation computer, Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), 2 advanced inertial navigation systems and another navigation system aided by GPS on board.

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