India launches X-Ray polarimeter satellite to explore black holes
India has successfully launched its inaugural X-Ray Polarimeter satellite, poised to unravel profound mysteries surrounding celestial entities such as black holes.
This achievement marks India as the second nation, following the United States, to possess this advanced technological capability.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully initiated its 44.4-meter tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), carrying the groundbreaking satellite.
The launch took place at the Sriharikota spaceport in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh at 9:10 am. ISRO confirmed the successful injection of the primary X-Ray Polarimeter satellite XPoSat into a low earth orbit of 650 kilometers.
This latest satellite launch by ISRO on the inaugural day of 2024 follows closely on the heels of the agency's triumphant unmanned lunar mission and a separate initiative aimed at studying the sun.
ISRO delineated that the XPoSat holds the key to probing the polarization of intense X-ray sources in the vast expanse of space. Remarkably, it stands as the first specialized scientific satellite by ISRO designed explicitly for conducting research via space-based polarization measurements of X-ray emissions emanating from cosmic sources.