On Wednesday 23rd September 2009, India launched a second satellite for the study of oceans.
According to country’s main space agency, the cube shaped satellite will cover the aspects of exploring relationship between the atmosphere and ocean in order to relate the climate changes.
The satellite Oceansat-2 was launched from south east coast India, also containing six nano satellites from European Universities as auxiliary payloads. It is also equipped with two solar panels projected from its sides, which would be used for generating power and charging batteries. Of the six foreign satellites, there are four from Germany and one each from Switzerland and Turkey
Wednesday’s launch came less than a month after India terminated its unmanned moon mission about 14 months ahead of its programmed life of two years.
The mission — Chandrayaan-1, which means moon craft in Sanskrit — had to be abandoned after it lost contact with the ground. (Read its story)
Earlier this year, the Indian government increased the federal budget for space research to about $1 billion from $700 million.
India says it has the world’s largest constellation of remote-sensing satellites — 16, including Oceansat-2. They produce images for uses such as agriculture, rural development, water resources, forestry and disaster management.
The cost of the launch was two billion rupees (40 million dollars), including 1.3 billion rupees for the satellite and 700 million rupees for the rocket, Satish said.
Its a big achievement for India, as not more than a month had passed, the moon craft satellite of India during its mission lost the contact with earth. And soon after just few weeks, a new satellite is on its way. Let’s hope, this move would be successful for India.