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ISRO Begins Countdown For PSLV-C43 Mission To Launch Observation Satellite

ISRO Begins Countdown For PSLV-C43 Mission To Launch Observation Satellite

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ISRO Begins Countdown For PSLV-C43 Mission To Launch Observation Satellite

This will be the 45th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the PSLV-C43 mission, carrying HysIS and 30 co-passenger satellites, from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, tomorrow.

HysIS, an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO, is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission. This will be the 45th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

The primary goal of HysIS is to study the earth’s surface in visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

– ISRO

(ReadISRO Launches 100th Satellite, PSLV Used Successfully)

PSLV-C43 Mission

PSLV is ISRO’s third generation launch vehicle with a capacity to launch up to 1,750 kg of payload into polar SSO of 600 km altitude.

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

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 five years and the mass of the spacecraft is about 380 Kg.

The co-passengers of HysIS include one micro and 29 nano satellites from eight different countries. All these satellites will be placed in a 504 km orbit by PSLV-C43, ISRO said.

(Read – ISRO PSLV Makes 44th Flight, Successfully Launches Two UK Satellites)

Co-Passenger Satellites

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.

ISRO’s GSLV Mk III-D2 mission

Earlier this month, ISRO had launched the GSAT-29 satellite to meet the communication needs of users in rural and remote areas of the country. This was the second development launch of the GSLV Mk III vehicle.

A high throughput communication satellite, the GSAT-29 carries Ka/Ku-band high throughput communication transponders. Additionally, several new technologies such as Q/V-band payload, data transmission through optical communication link will help in the development of future advanced satellites.

(ReadGSLV Mk III-D2 All Set To Launch GSAT-29 Satellite For Communication Boost)

(Note- All the photos are courtesy ISRO)

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