Reaching another milestone, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday successfully launched RESOURCESAT-2A from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre, its advanced remote sensing satellite. The satellite is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users. It will carry similar payloads as carried by its predecessors Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. The satellite launch is another feather to agency’s cap. Between 1994 and 2016, the PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites. Here are the five must-know facts about this new launch:
1) RESOURCESAT-2A is PSLV-XL variant rocket, which stands 44.4 metre tall and weighs 321 ton.
2) RESOURCESAT-2A is a follow on mission to RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, all three missions are intended for resource monitoring.
3) The previous two launches, RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, in the year 2003 and 2011 respectively, were made to provide remote sensing data services to global users. RESOURCESAT-2A will continue the same services at a much advanced level.
4) In a bit technical language, RESOURCESAT-2A could carry three payloads which are similar to those of RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2. The three payloads comprise of a high-resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner camera, an advanced wide field sensor camera that operates in various bands and medium resolution LISS-3 camera.
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5) The launch vehicle will also carry two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200GB. The memory will be there for the images taken by the cameras and which can be shared with ground stations.
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Less than three months ago, in its longest ever mission spread over two hours, PSLV successfully launched eight satellites in a single day on September 26. The launche included country’s SCATSAT-1 and five satellites from other nations, in two different orbits to achieve another milestone.