The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Indian rocket successfully launches 2 small Canadian satellites

  • Print

SRIHARIKOTA, India - The latest satellites in the Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment program (CanX) were launched by an Indian rocket on Monday.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, carrying five foreign satellites, blasted off from the Indian Space Research Organization's launch pad in southern India shortly before 10 a.m. local time.

It carried two Canadian satellites, CanX-4 and CanX-5, from the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory.

Each weighs only about 15 kilograms. Their primary mission is the demonstration of satellite formation flying, the institute said in a post on its website.

"In this context, formation flying is defined as two or more satellites controlling their position and orientation with respect to one another to achieve a predefined configuration necessary for co-ordinated operations."

CanX-4 and CanX-5 will use the technology proven aboard CanX-2 to achieve and maintain several controlled formations in orbit, the institute said.

It said formation will be controlled with the Canadian Nanosatellite Advanced Propulsion System, also developed at UTIAS/SFL.

"During the mission, the propellant usage in autonomous formation control strategies will be evaluated for future improvements."

The main payload of the PSLV was the French earth observation satellite SPOT-7, weighing more than 700 kilograms. The other two satellites were from Germany and Singapore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Sriharikota to watch the launch.

The PSLV is the workhorse of the Indian space agency, which has used it to launch dozens of foreign satellites over the past few years.

Canada and India have been partners in space programs since 2003 when the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding reaffirming their pursuit of international space co-operation for peaceful purposes.

- By Abdul Latheef in Toronto.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

O'Shea says the team is going to stick to the plan after first loss

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada goose makes takes flight on Wilkes Ave Friday afternoon- See Bryksa’s 30 Day goose a day challenge- Day 09- May 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will you miss Grandma Elm?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google