PSLV- C43 Successfully launched
Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) has its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) carrying India’s earth observation Hyper-spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), and 30 foreign satellites. The satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 9:58 am. PSLV has made this sixth space flight in this year.
About the Mission
During the 112 minute long mission (one of the longest for ISRO) – After the 17 minutes 19 seconds of launch PSLV-C43 initially delivered India’s HysIS into 645 km in sun-synchronous polar orbit. Thereafter, the PSLV-C43 injected 30 foreign satellites into their intended orbit. 1 hour and 49 minutes after lift off, the last satellite was injected into its designated orbit.
India’s first hyper spectral imaging satellite
This second launch being done with in a month. This primary satellite for this campaign is India’s HysIS (Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite).
This primary satellite is made for study of Earth.The key feature of the HysIS is that it is capable of connecting the power of digital imaging and spectroscopy. This 380 kg weight satellite will make it easier to keep an eye on the earth’s crusade.
HysIS is About 55 miles away From the Earth and it can easially identify 55 different colors of things. It will surve approximately 5 years.
30 Satellite from eight different countries
PSLV-C43 has 30 commercial satellites, including one micro and 29 nano satellities. These satellite was from eight different countries.
For the first time, satellites from Australia, Colombia, Malaysia, and Spain have been flown in an Indian rocket. 30 satellites include 23 from the US, and one each from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Malaysia, Netherlands, and Spain. The satellites have a combined weight of 261.5 kg.
These smaller companions are a mix of satellites that would be engaged in earth observation, communication, Internet of things (IoT), and scientific experiments from various countries.