ISRO PSLV-C43 Launch Today: HysIS Satellite to Be Launched, 30 Satellites From 8 Countries on Board; Here’s All You Need to Know
ISRO PSLV-C43 Launch (Photo Credits: ISRO)

Sriharikota, November 29: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch the PSLV-C43/HysIS mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, i.e November 29. The nation will witness the launch of HysIS – India’s own earth observation satellite. The satellite will be accompanied by 30 other satellites developed by various nations, including 23 from the United States of America (USA). This will be ISRO's sixth mission this by using a polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV).

The launch is scheduled to take place at 9.58 am on Thursday from Sriharikota, which is about 110 km from Chennai, ISRO informed. The space agency said fuel filling of the PS4 stage (fourth stage) has been completed. "The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C43/HysIS mission started today at 05:58 hrs IST.." it added. ISRO’s First Unmanned Mission Under Gaganyaan Programme Planned for December 2020.

ISRO PSLV-C43 Countdown Begins (Photo Credits: ISRO)

Here's All You Need to Know About ISRO's PSLV-C43/HysIS Mission:

  1. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 45th flight PSLV-C43, will launch HysIS and 30 co-passenger satellites from the First Launch Pad (FLP) on 29th November 2018.
  2. The PSLV is a four-stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages. PSLV-C43 is the Core Alone version of PSLV which is the lightest version of PSLV.
  3. The Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO, is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission. The mass of the spacecraft is about 380 kg.
  4. The satellite will be placed in 636 km polar sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination of 97.957 deg. The mission life of the satellite is 5 years.
  5. The primary aim of HysIS is to study the earth’s surface in visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  6. The co-passengers of HysIS include 1 Micro and 29 Nanosatellites from 8 different countries. All these satellites will be placed in a 504 km orbit by PSLV-C43.
  7. These satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO.

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The 28-hour countdown for the launch of earth observation satellite HysIS along with 30 satellites from eight countries on board ISRO's trusted workhorse PSLV-C43 began at 5.58 AM on Wednesday. It must be noted that the launch on Thursday will be ISRO's second launch in the month. The space agency had launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-29 on board GSLV MkIII-D2 on November 14.