ISRO launches India’s first PSLV C43, primary satellite into the polar sun-synchronous orbit

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Published by Isha Kataria on 29 Nov 2018

On Thursday, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its workhouse rocket PSLV-C43 carrying India’s earth observing satellite HysIS and 30 other satellites, including 23 from the United States, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. PSLV C43 first delivered India’s primary satellite into the polar sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 630 km and 27 seconds, during the 112-minute long mission.

Some of the important details about India’s latest earth-imaging satellite are as follows…

1. The satellite built around the ISRO Mini Satellite-2(IMS-2) bus, HysIS is 2.158m x 1.386 x 1.12m and weighs nearly 380 kg.

2. The PSLV launcher has a total length of 39.4m and consists of a four-stage rocket.

3. The Indian PSLV CA rocket variant was lifted off with 31 satellites.

4. The total weight of 30 co-passenger satellites is 261.5 kg. And, all these satellites will be placed in a 504 km orbit by PSLV-C43.

5. The satellites were commercially contracted for launch through Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of  ISRO.

6. The HysIS satellite will take photographs of planet Earth in multiple frequencies with a mansion life of over five years.

Moreover, the satellite will provide universal coverage and give valuable data on agriculture, forestry, geological environments, coastal zones, and inland waters. The launch was the 13th successful launch of this PSLV model. The Indian satellite HysIS was placed in a 636 km polar-synchronous orbit. the ISRO had earlier carried out a satellite mission spread over two hours in January.

Some of the reports suggest that after the completion of this mission, ISRO is all set to launch India’s heaviest communications satellite-the GSAT 11 from Kourou in South America on December 5. While 23 satellites are from the US, the rest are from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia. the Netherlands and Spain.

HysIs is weighing 380kg  and is used for a range of applications like agriculture, forestry, soil survey, geology, coastal zones, inland water services and many more.

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