The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), on November 29, 2018, will launch a hyperspectral imaging satellite (HySIS), a terrestrial observation satellite along with 30 foreign commercial satellites from the Sriharikota launch center in Andhra Pradesh.
The satellites will be launched through the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
• PSLV is a four stage launch vehicle with alternating stages of solid and liquid. PSLV-C43 is the Core Alone version of PSLV, which is the lightest version of PSLV.
• HySIS is an Earth observation satellite developed by ISRO. It is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission. The mass of the spacecraft is about 380 kg.
• The satellite will be placed in a synchronous orbit of the 636 km polar sun with an inclination of 97,957 degrees. The life of the satellite mission is expected to be 5 years.
• The main objective of the satellite of hyper-spectral images would be to study the surface of the Earth in the visible, near infrared and infrared short-wave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
• The foreign satellites that will be launched together with HySIS include 1 Micro satellites and 29 nano satellites from 8 different countries.
• All these satellites will be placed in a 504 km orbit by PSLV-C43. Of the 30 commercial satellites, 23 are from the United States.
• These satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO.