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ISRO rocket blasts off with Cartosat and 19 other satellites

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ISRO rocket blasts off with Cartosat and 19 other satellites

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): An Indian rocket named Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Wednesday morning lifted off successfully with the country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat, Google company Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen2-1 and 18 other satellites.

The PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 tonne, tore into the morning skies at 9.26 a.m. with a growl breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull.

The 20 satellites weighed 1,288 kg.

The rocket’s main cargo is India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation.

This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.

The other 19 satellites weighing totally around 560 kg are from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one satellite each from Chennai’s Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune.

The whole launch mission will get over in around 26 minutes.

The images sent by Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other applications.

According to ISRO, the 110 kg SkySat Gen2-1 belonging to Terra Bella, a Google company is a small earth imaging satellite capable of capturing sub-metre resolution imagery and high definition video.

The Planet Lab’s Dove Satellites are also earth imaging satellites. A total of 12 Dove satellites each weighing 4.7 kg are carried in this mission inside three QuadPack dispensers, ISRO said.

The PSLV rocket also carries 85 kg M3MSat from Canada. The technology demonstration mission is jointly funded and managed by Defence Research and Development Canada and the Canadian Space Agency.

The other foreign satellites on board are: 120 kg LAPSN-A3 of Indonesia, the 130 kg BIROS, from German Aerospace Centre, Germany and the 25.5 kg GHGSat-D, Canada.

On the other hand, the 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University will collect data on green house gases while the 1 kg Swayam satellite from College of Engineering, Pune will provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.

Wednesday’s mission will be the first time the ISRO is launching more the 10 satellites with a single rocket.

In 2008, the ISRO had launched 10 satellites with the PSLV rocket.

Till date India has launched 57 foreign satellites successfully.

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Spectacular KungFu skills displayed by participants on World KungFu Day

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The birth anniversary of father of  Art of Self-Defense Bodhidharma, was celebrated in various states of the country as International Bodhi Day. On this occasion, the players of Kung Fu performed a surprise English performance of different genres of Kung Fu and amazed the audience with their outstsnding performance. On this occasion, the Indian Kung Fu Federation presented a cheque of one lakh rupees to the oldest kung fu master of the country and the state of Manipur, Jaswanta Singh for his Life Time Achievement.

It is notable that on December 19, 2020, the 31st anniversary celebrations of the Dragon Academy of Martial Arts and the birth anniversary celebrations of Bodhidharma, the founder of the art of self-defense, Kung Fu, was celebrated with great pomp and show. In which various birthday girls of Dragon Academy of Martial Arts, Kung Fu players celebrated the birthday celebrations of Bodhidharma, the founder of Kung Fu Khel, as “World Kungfu Day” in the Bodhi auditorium of the institute and the 31st anniversary celebration of the institute with joy and hapiness.

Dr. Sudhir Kumar Bobde, IAS, President of the Kungfu Federation of India, presided as the Chief Guest of this program. Addressing the program, he said that during this period of Corona period, Kung Fu is making all the big and small citizens healthy. Kung fu is a panacea for fitness. Along with this, Kung Fu is also preparing a healthy nation and disciplined citizens. This is a true service to the nation.

Gyan Prakash Tripathi, founder and international Kung Fu coach of Dragon Academy of Martial Arts, said that it is a matter of great pride that the birthday of Bodhi Dharma, the father of Kung Fu, was celebrated on the 31st Foundation Day of the Dragon Academy of Martial Arts. In the last 31 years, this academy has prepared thousands of national and international players and has brought laurels to the country. Kung fu is a lifestyle. This is where a kung fu player stays healthy, he faces his combative attitude under any circumstances.On this occasion, distinguished players from various Kungfu were honored.

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