The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its workhorse rocket PSLV-C43, carrying India’s earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 co-passenger satellites, including 23 from the US, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, at 9.58 am.
The 28-hour countdown for the launch of earth observation satellite HysIS on board ISRO’s trusted workhorse PSLV-C43 began at 5.58 AM on Wednesday. The space agency said that fuel filling of PS4 stage (fourth stage) has been completed.
The Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO, is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission. 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.
The primary goal of HysIS, whose mission life is five years, is to study the earth’s surface in visible near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The co-passengers of HysIS include 1 micro and 29 nano satellites from eight countries–23 from the United States of America and one each from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Spain. All these satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited.