Indian PSLV rocket successfully carries AGILE satellite to outer space
COSMOS International Satellitenstart GmbH responsible for launch services
Today, an Indian rocket of the type PSLV-C8 took off to its first commercial launch and successfully put the Italian astronomic research satellite AGILE into orbit at an altitude of 550 km. The rocket took off on schedule from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, 80 km north of Chennai, at 12:00h CET. The launch services were performed by COSMOS International Satellitenstart GmbH, the launch service operator of OHB-System AG.
In the past, COSMOS International used to perform satellite launches only by means of Russian COSMOS-3M rockets. For the small Italian satellite intended to absorb cosmic gamma radiation and X-rays, however, an orbit close to the equator was necessary. This orbit is ideally reached from the Satish Dhawan Space Center.
AGILE was built by the space aviation company Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA in Milan for ASI, the Italian space aviation agency. Prof. Manfred Fuchs, CEO of OHB-System and Carlo Gavazzi Space, was present in India to witness the event and was very satisfied with the absolutely perfect launch. He indicated that the cooperative venture had been successful for all the parties concerned.