Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the second satellite of the month – the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) and 30 other foreign satellites carried by the epic PSLV-C43.

The ISRO PSLV-C43 lifted off exactly at 9.58 am on Thursday from the Earth surface and the trusted launching rocket soared into the skies from Sriharikota’s first launchpad, carrying India’s first Hyper-spectral Imaging Satellite called HysIS that will function as a special advanced earth observation satellite and 30 other foreign satellites. PSLV-C43 took from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota along with a total of 31 satellites successfully and the satellite is now all-ready for the observation of earth.

This is the second launch in this month and sixth launch of this year. ISRO launched five satellites in this year and making PSLV-C43, sixth satellite. HysIS spacecraft’s weight is around 380 kg, and its mission life is total five years. The primary goal of launching HysIS was to observe the surface in visible near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. HysIS will observe the surface of the earth for five years and will also be used for strategic purposes. HysIS took off with one micro and 29 nano satellites from eight different countries, in which 23 satellites are from the US. ISRO said that HysIS satellite will be placed in 636 kilometer-polar sun-synchronous orbit with around 97.57-degree inclination, while the other satellites will be launched at the altitude of 504 kilometers from the surface of the earth.

HysIS will perform the detailed analysis of weather patterns, which will be helpful in aid agriculture. It will also monitor the coastlines of India, will estimate the condition for fishing in the high sea, which will be helpful for the fishermen of India. HysIS will also monitor the possible security matters from up above. Other countries that launched their satellites with PSLV-C43 are Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Spain. All these satellites are bonded with a commercial contract with Antrix Corporation Limited, which is a commercial arm of ISRO.

 

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