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PSLV-C43 successfully launches earth observation satellites HysIS and 30 foreign satellites.

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PSLV-C43 successfully launches earth observation satellites HysIS and 30 foreign satellites.

 

The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) successfully launched 31 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.

HysIS:

  • It is an earth observation satellite built around ISRO’s Mini Satellite 2 (IMS-2) bus weighing about 380 kg.
  • The life of the satellite is five years.
  • Satellites from Australia, Columbia, Malaysia, and Spain were flown aboard PSLV for the first time. These foreign satellites launched are part of commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited and customers.

Primary Goal:

  • It 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 various applications including agriculture, forestry, soil/geological environments, coastal zones and inland waters, etc.

PSLV:

  • Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is the third generation launch vehicle of India. It is the first Indian launch vehicle to be equipped with liquid stages.
  • It is a four stage launch vehicle.
  • 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 third stage, and
  • A liquid stage with engines as fourth stage.
  • The vehicle successfully launched two spacecraft – Chandrayaan-1 in 2008 and Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in 2013

 

Source: PIB