Mumbai’s First Satellite ‘Pratham’

IAS Prelims 2023

Mumbai’s first satellite, Pratham will be launched on September 26 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

The nearly-10kg Pratham, designed by IIT Mumbai students will be launch aboard from the highly-proven Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Pratham’s main role will be to measure what is known as the total electron count in the ionosphere.

It has a four-month mission span and will operate at an altitude of 720 km in the sun-synchronous orbit.

Pratham and six other satellites will piggyback on PSLV along with the main Isro weather satellite, ScatSat.

Prior to being sent to Sriharikota, the satellites have undergone rigorous tests at the satellite centre.