The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the PSLV-C43/HysIS mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Thursday. ISRO launches HysIS and 30 other satellites on PSLV-C43 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
PSLV-C43 successfully injects Indian satellite HysIS, into sun-synchronous polar orbit, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Well, this is ISRO's sixth mission of the year that made use of a polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), also witnessed the launch of HysIS.
"HysIS is an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO. It is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission. The satellite will be placed in 636 km polar sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) with an inclination of 97.957 deg. The mission life of the satellite is 5 years," ISRO said.
HysIS is India’s own best-ever high-resolution earth observation satellite. “The HysIS satellite adds a mass of 360kg to the payload, and will be launched beside 30 other satellites from six nations,” PTI reported. Out of these 30 satellites, 23 are from the United States. These smaller satellites will add a weight of 281.4kg to the payload, and adds to ISRO’s list of 239 foreign satellites that have already been launched, the space agency said.
"HysIS is a very rare satellite with a super-sharp eye, and very few countries have indigenously mastered this technology," said ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan. "Many countries are trying to send such hyper-spectral cameras into space but interpreting its results is not easy."
“The co-passengers of HysIS include 1 micro and 29 nano satellites from eight different countries. All these satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through ISRO's commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited. All the satellites would be placed in a 504 km orbit by PSLV-C43,” the space agency said.
This was ISRO's second launch in the month. The space agency had launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-29 on board GSLV MkIII-D2 on November 14.
(Inputs from PTI)