The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) welcomed the New Year with the successful launch of the X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSAT). The PSLV-C58 rocket, carrying the XPoSAT and 10 other satellites, was launched from Sriharikota.
This satellite is poised to unveil the mysteries of cosmic structures such as black holes. XPoSAT will focus on studying the brightest stars, and the mission is expected to have a lifespan of approximately five years. It was launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
After the successful accomplishment of a Moon mission earlier this year, India has kicked off an ambitious campaign in 2024 to delve deeper into the cosmos and unravel one of its most enduring mysteries — black holes.
India has become the second country in the world to launch an Advanced Astronomy Observatory, dedicated to the study of black holes and neutron stars.
In less than a year, India has launched its third mission aimed at unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos. The first historic mission, Chandrayaan-3, was launched on July 14, 2023, followed by the Aditya-L1 mission on September 2, 2023. The latest addition to this series, the XPoSAT mission, was successfully launched today. The XPoSAT mission marks the 60th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
Apart from carrying the 469-kilogram XPoSAT, the 44-meter-long, 260-ton rocket has embarked on its journey with 10 experiments onboard.