ISRO launches HysIS satellite, 30 others with PSLV-C43rocket

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 29 has launched its PSLV-C43/HysIS (hyper spectral imaging satellite) mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. HysIS satellite was launched at an altitude of 636 km.

This mission launched its rocket vehicle (PSLV-C43), carrying India’s own earth observation satellite HysIS accompanied by 30 other satellites, including one micro-satellite and 29 nano satellites, developed by various nations, including 23 from the United States.

PSLV-C43will set the earth-mapping probe on a polar solar synchronous orbit at 636km above the Earth’s surface. It will make observations within the electromagnetic spectrum, among the visible, near infrared and far infrared bandwidths.

The HysIS satellite will take photographs of planet earth in multiple frequencies with a mission life of over five years. It will monitor atmospheric activity and climate change, while also assisting studies of Earth’s magnetic field.

The observations will provide valuable data on a host of applications, prime among which relate to agriculture, water management, forestry and coastal patterns.