Indians may like sports and movies, but the enthusiasm one sees in the country when an ISRO launch is announced is undoubtedly unmatched. Just days after ISRO launched the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III D2 (GSLV MK3 D2) carrying the GSAT-29 communication satellite, yet another mission is now all set to take off. ISRO’s HySIS and 30 other satellites onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C43 is scheduled in a few hours now. Also, viewers can watch the PSLV C43 launch live online.
The countdown for the launch of PSLV C43 carrying Indian satellite HysIS and 30 satellites from 8 countries began today at 05:58 (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. And the launch of the same is scheduled at 09:58 am (IST) tomorrow. PSLV C43 is the 45th flight of the polar launch vehicle and is expected to place the primary satellite HysIS in 636km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
PSLV is the third generation launch vehicle of India and designed to place remote sensing satellites in polar SSO. The launch vehicle is also capable of carrying up to 1750Kg of payload into polar SSO. PSLV C43 is the lightest and cost effective version of the launch vehicle.
HySIS, which is short for Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite is an Earth observation satellite that provides hyperspectral imaging services to India for range of applications in agriculture, forestry and assessment of coastal zones, inland waters, soil and other geological environments, and so on. The data provided by HysIS is also apparently used by the Indian military. Along with HysIS, payload from 8 countries namely Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain and USA.