ISRO to launch In­dia’s HysIS satel­lite with 30 for­eign satel­lites

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Bengaluru: ISRO is all set to launch its work­horse rocket PSLV-C43 car­ry­ing In­dia’s earth ob­ser­va­tion satel­lite HysIS and 30 co-pas­sen­ger satel­lites, in­clud­ing 23 from the US, from Sri­harikota on No­vem­ber 29.

The space agency said the 45th flight of PSLV will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Cen­tre (SDSC) SHAR, Sri­harikota.

“HysIS is an earth ob­ser­va­tion satel­lite de­vel­oped by ISRO. It is the pri­mary satel­lite of the PSLV-C43 mis­sion.

The satel­lite will be placed in 636 km po­lar sun syn­chro­nous or­bit (SSO) with an in­cli­na­tion of 97.957 deg. The mis­sion life of the satel­lite is 5 years,” ISRO said.

Ac­cord­ing to the space agency, the pri­mary goal of HysIS 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 one Mi­cro and 29 Nano satel­lites from eight dif­fer­ent coun­tries, the agency said, adding, all th­ese satel­lites will be placed in a 504 km or­bit by PSLV-C43.

The coun­tries com­prise United States of Amer­ica (23 satel­lites), Aus­tralia, Canada, Columbia, Fin­land, Malaysia, Nether­lands and Spain (one satel­lite each).

Th­ese satel­lites have been com­mer­cially con­tracted for launch through An­trix Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited, the com­mer­cial arm of ISRO, the space agency said.

PSLV is ISRO’s third gen­er­a­tion launch ve­hi­cle. It can carry upto 1,750 kg of pay­load into po­lar SSO of 600 km al­ti­tude.

Ad­di­tion­ally, PSLV has been used to launch plan­e­tary mis­sions and also satel­lites into Geosyn­chronous Trans­fer Or­bit, ISRO said.

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