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The year 2013 has witnessed landmark achievements in the Indian Space programme with the launch of India’s first interplanetary Mars Orbiter Mission and successful flight testing of indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage onboard GSLV-D5. Besides this, launch of IRNSS-1A - the first satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System; launch of GSAT-7 – a communication satellite under the contract with Antrix Corporation; and the launch of INSAT-3D - an advanced weather satellite, were also achieved during the year.

  • Mars Orbiter Mission, which is India’s first interplanetary spacecraft mission, was successfully launched by PSLV-C25 into an elliptical earth parking orbit on November 05, 2013. It was the twenty fifth launch of PSLV as well as its twenty fourth successively successful mission. Trans Mars Injection manoeuvre was successfully carried out on December 01, 2013 setting the voyage of the spacecraft towards Mars, escaping the earth’s sphere of influence. The spacecraft is planned to be inserted into Mars Orbit on September 24, 2014

  • GSLV-D5, with indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage, launched GSAT-14 Communications spacecraft into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) very precisely on January 05, 2014. With this, India has joined the exclusive club of selected five nations as sixth member, having the capability to launch satellites to GTO

  • IRNSS-1A, the first of the 7 satellites of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) Constellation, was successfully launched on board PSLV-C22 on July 01, 2013 into a sub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub GTO). IRNSS constellation will enable introduction of satellite based position, timing and velocity services to a spectrum of users in the country and to the neighboring regions

  • GSAT–7, a multi–band communication satellite realised under the contract with Antrix Corporation, was successfully launched on August 30, 2013 by the Ariane-5 launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana

  • INSAT- 3D was launched on July 26, 2013 onboard Ariane-5 from Kourou, French Guiana and is an advanced weather satellite configured with improved imaging system and Atmospheric Sounder. INSAT-3D also carries a Data Relay Transponder and a Satellite Aided Search and Rescue Transponder (SAS&R)

  • The Satellite with ARGOS and ALTIKA (SARAL), a joint Indo-French oceanographic satellite successfully launched into a Sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 785 km onboard PSLV-C20 on February 25, 2013, became operational during the year

By 2013 end, ISRO had a constellation of several commercial Communication satellites, exclusive Meteorological satellites, Earth observation satellites and a Navigation Satellite.

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