ISRO launches HysIS with micro and nano-satellites from 8 other countries
On Thursday 29th November Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) successfully launched 31 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) lifted off at 9:57:30 (IST) from the First Launch Pad and injected India’s Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) into the 645 km sun-synchronous polar orbit, 17 minutes and 19 seconds after the lift-off.
PSLV is a four-stage launch vehicle with a large solid rocket motor forming the first stage, an earth storable liquid stage as the second stage, a high-performance solid rocket motor as the third stage and a liquid stage with engines as the fourth stage.
HysIS is an earth observation satellite built around ISRO’s Mini Satellite-2 (IMS-2) bus weighing about 380kg. The mission life of the satellite is five years.
The primary goal of India’s Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) is to study the earth’s surface in both the visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Data from the satellite will be used for a wide range of applications including agriculture, forestry, soil/geological environments, coastal zones, and inland waters, etc.
HysIS had the company of one micro and 29 nano-satellites from eight countries, including Australia (1), Canada (1), Columbia (1), Finland (1), Malaysia (1), Netherlands (1), Spain (1) and USA (23).
On this occasion, ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan said that the team has achieved another spectacular mission 15 days after the successful GSLV-MkIII/GSAT-29 launch.
Mission Director R Hutton termed the launch as a grand and marvelous one with clockwork precision. HysIS Project Director Suresh K said that the satellite is performing normally after the launch.
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