ISRO successfully launch of XPoSat, a new mission to probe Black Holes

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Delhi, Dec 01
: In a groundbreaking achievement, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its inaugural X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite, XPoSat, as a pivotal component of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s (PSLV) C58 mission. This milestone represents a significant stride in the exploration of celestial phenomena, with a specific focus on unraveling the mysteries surrounding black holes.

ISRO Chief S Somanath proudly declared the mission’s triumph, emphasizing the successful placement of XPoSat into its designated orbit at 650 km with a 6-degree inclination. The launch, which occurred on January 1, 2024, heralds the commencement of an exciting year for space exploration. Somanath hinted at numerous upcoming launches throughout the year and underscored the significance of 2024 as the year dedicated to the ambitious Gaganyaan mission.

The 44.4-meter tall PSLV rocket majestically ascended from the first launch pad in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 9:10 am, drawing enthusiastic applause from onlookers gathered at the spaceport. Positioned in a 650 km Low Earth Orbit, XPoSat is now poised to embark on its groundbreaking mission, aiming to investigate the polarization of intense X-ray sources in the vast expanse of space.

At the heart of XPoSat’s scientific payload are two vital instruments—POLIX (Polarimeter Instrument in X-Rays) and XSPECT (X-ray Spectroscopy and Timing). Designed by the Raman Research Institute, POLIX focuses on measuring polarimetry parameters, while XSPECT, crafted by the UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, specializes in X-ray spectroscopy and timing. With an anticipated lifespan of approximately five years, this mission promises an extended period for valuable scientific observations and data collection, furthering our understanding of the cosmic universe.




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