ISRO’s XPoSat Launch Triumph: A Landmark in Celestial Exploration & Scientific Milestones


ISRO, the stalwart of space exploration, marked a historic milestone with the successful launch of the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat). This groundbreaking endeavor aims to delve into the mysteries of celestial entities, especially the enigmatic realms of black holes and other cosmic phenomena.


PSLV-C58/XPoSat Mission:
Lift-off normal

XPoSat satellite is launched successfully.

PSLV-C58 vehicle placed the satellite precisely into the intended orbit of 650 km with 6-degree inclination.

The POEM-3 is being scripted …#XPoSat

— ISRO (@isro) January 1, 2024



Key Points:


Mission Objective: The X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) aims to investigate the polarization of intense X-ray sources in space, providing crucial insights into celestial objects, particularly black holes.


PSLV-C58/ XPoSat Mission:
The launch of the X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) is set for January 1, 2024, at 09:10 Hrs. IST from the first launch-pad, SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota.

The launch can be viewed LIVE
from 08:40 Hrs. IST on

— ISRO (@isro) December 31, 2023



Payload Details: XPoSat carries the POLIX (Polarimeter Instrument in X-Rays) developed by Raman Research Institute and XSPECT (X-ray Spectroscopy and Timing) from U R Rao Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, as its primary instruments.


Scientific Significance: X-ray polarization acts as a critical diagnostic tool, revealing radiation mechanisms and geometries of celestial sources, aiding in understanding the complex nature of the universe.


PSLV-C58/XPoSat Mission:

The PS4 stage is successfully brought down to a 350 km orbit.

Here are the PSLV-C58 tracking images

— ISRO (@isro) January 1, 2024



Mission Duration: The satellite is projected to have a mission life of approximately five years, during which it will conduct in-depth studies of cosmic X-ray emissions.


Launch Highlights:


2024 lifted off majestically.

XPoSat health is normal.
Power generation has commenced.

— ISRO (@isro) January 1, 2024



Successful Lift-off: ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) executed the C58 mission flawlessly, deploying XPoSat into a 650 km Low Earth Orbit as scheduled.


Technical Precision: The 44.4-meter-tall PSLV majestically launched from Sriharikota, receiving thunderous applause from spectators, marking another triumph for ISRO’s launch capabilities.


ISRO’s Milestone: XPoSat becomes ISRO’s inaugural dedicated scientific satellite for space-based polarization measurements of X-ray emissions from celestial sources, marking a significant leap in cosmic exploration.


Future Endeavors: ISRO gears up for the launch of NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) in collaboration with NASA, targeting a 2024 launch. NISAR is expected to provide crucial data for comprehensive Earth studies.


The successful deployment of XPoSat underscores ISRO’s pioneering efforts in scientific exploration, unveiling the mysteries of celestial entities and paving the way for groundbreaking discoveries in space research.


ISRO’s remarkable strides with XPoSat and the imminent NISAR launch epitomize humanity’s unyielding quest to decipher the cosmic symphony, unlocking the secrets of the universe and our planet Earth.

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