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Milestone – ISRO successfully launches XPoSat, its maiden X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite

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Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

ISRO achieved a significant milestone on Monday as it successfully launched its inaugural X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat), promising profound insights into celestial objects such as black holes.

In the C58 mission, ISRO’s dependable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flawlessly placed the primary X-Ray Polarimeter satellite, XPoSat, into a 650 Km Low Earth Orbit. The liftoff occurred accurately at 9:10 am from the first launch pad.

The X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) is poised to explore the polarization of intense X-ray sources in outer space. Notably, this mission marks ISRO’s first dedicated scientific satellite solely focused on conducting research in space-based polarization measurements of X-ray emissions from celestial sources.

X-Ray polarization stands as a crucial diagnostic tool, offering insights into the radiation mechanisms and geometry of celestial bodies. The successful deployment of XPoSat underscores ISRO’s commitment to advancing space exploration and scientific understanding.

The primary payload of XPoSat, named POLIX (Polarimeter Instrument in X-Rays), has been meticulously designed by the Raman Research Institute to measure polarimetry parameters. Additionally, XSPECT (X-ray Spectroscopy and Timing), crafted by the U R Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, enhances the satellite’s capabilities. The mission is expected to have a lifespan of about five years.

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