Aryabhata (satellite)

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File photo of Aryabhata, India's first indigenously built satellite.
Mission typeAstrophysics
COSPAR ID1965-033A
SATCAT no.7752
Mission duration4 days achieved
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass360 kg (794 lb)
Power46 watts
Start of mission
Launch date19 April 1975, 07:30 (1975-04-19UTC07:30Z) UTC[1]
Launch siteKapustin Yar 107/2
End of mission
Last contact24 April 1975 (1975-04-25)
Decay date10 February 1992
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee568 kilometres (353 mi)
Apogee611 kilometres (380 mi)
Inclination50.6 degrees
Period96.46 minutes
Epoch19 May 1975[2]
1984 USSR stamp featuring Bhaskara-I, Bhaskara-II and Aryabhata satellites

Aryabhata was India's first satellite. It got its name from the Indian astronomer of the same name.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  3. "Aryabhata - The first indigenously built satellite".