The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch a PSLV rocket Thursday, carrying thirty-one payloads including the HySIS imaging spacecraft and thirty small satellites for organizations in eight different countries. PSLV is due to launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 09:57 local time (04:37 UTC).
Thursday’s launch will see the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) make its forty-fifth flight. PSLV, the workhorse rocket of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is charged with placing an advanced imaging spacecraft into orbit before releasing its multinational consignment of miniature satellites.
The Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) is the primary payload aboard Thursday’s launch. A 380-kilogram (838-pound) spacecraft, HySIS was constructed by ISRO around the Indian Mini Satellite 2 (IMS-2) bus. The satellite is designed to operate for at least five years and will be stationed in a sun-synchronous orbit. Power is generated by two deployable solar arrays, with a total output of 730 watts.
HySIS carries a hyperspectral imaging payload, designed to photograph the Earth’s surface across a broad spectrum of wavelengths. This payload consists of two imaging spectrometers: the first operates in the visible and near-infrared parts of the spectrum, while the second will operate in shortwave infrared. HySIS can image ...