Satellites, an anti-satellite demo, a moon landing attempt, space firms winning big bucks — here’s the story of India in space in 2019.
DRDO says India chose much lower orbit for A-SAT test to avoid threat of debris to global space assets
On Tuesday, the NASA had termed a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of one its satellites, saying the hit-to-kill mission created about 400 pieces of orbital debris.
DRDO chief said a low-altitude military satellite was picked to reduce the risk of debris left in space.
This was the first ISRO launch of this year and its 46th overall mission.
Microsat-R, an imaging satellite, is meant for military purposes, and Kalamsat is built by students.
ISRO launches PSLV-C44: Indian military satellite carrying Microsat-R and students' payload Kalamsat lifts off
ISRO's PSLV C44 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here on Thursday, carrying India's military satellite Microsat-R and students' payload Kalamsat.
ISRO has launched 9 student satellites, but this is the first to be launched by the new PSLV variant.
It will be launched from First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota.