Aryabhata (satellite)

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Aryabhata
Aryabhata Satellite.jpg
File photo of Aryabhata, India's first indigenously built satellite.
Mission type Astrophysics
Operator ISRO
COSPAR ID 1975-033A
SATCAT no. 7752
Mission duration 4 days achieved
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 360 kg (794 lb)
Power 46 watts
Start of mission
Launch date 19 April 1975, 07:30 (1975-04-19UTC07:30Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Kosmos-3M
Launch site Kapustin Yar 107/2
End of mission
Last contact 24 April 1975 (1975-04-25)
Decay date 10 February 1992
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 568 kilometres (353 mi)
Apogee 611 kilometres (380 mi)
Inclination 50.6 degrees
Period 96.46 minutes
Epoch 19 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".