ISRO launched Sounding Rocket RH-560
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched the sounding rocket called RH-560 on March 12, 2021. The rocket was launched in order to study “attitudinal variations” in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics.
The RH-560 rocket was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) Sriharikota Range (SHAR). ISRO highlighted that the sounding rockets are one or two-stage solid propellant rockets. These rockets are used to probe the upper atmospheric regions and conduct the space research. The rockets would also serve as easily affordable platforms which can test or prove the prototypes of new components or subsystems for use in the launch vehicles and satellites. ISRO had started launching the indigenously made sounding rockets from the year 1965.
ISRO had recently announced that it has planned to launch an earth observation satellite on March 28, 2021 which will provide the near real-time images of borders. This would also enable a quick monitoring of natural disasters. The satellite called GISAT-1 will be lifted into space by the “GSLV-F10 rocket” from Sriharikota spaceport. The rocket will be placing the spacecraft in the geosynchronous orbit and later it will be positioned in the geostationary orbit with the help of onboard propulsion system. This orbit is about 36,000 kms above the earth’s equator.
In the month of February 2021, the space organisation had launched the primary satellite called Amazonia-1 of Brazil along with the 18 co-passenger satellites with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C51) from sriharikota spaceport. This was the first satellite of the year 2021 by ISRO amid the covid-19 pandemic. This is also the first commercial mission of New Space India Limited (NSIL) which is undertaking this mission with the help of Spaceflight Inc. of United States of America (USA).