Indian space giant ISRO bagged another glory by putting its latest 1,235 kg PSLV-C36 Resources satellite 2A on board. The remote sensing satellite was launched into polar SSO (Sun Synchronous Orbit) at 10:25 am today. With this, India has secured its ability to forecast cyclones for next five years.
ISRO’s 38th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C36 took its Flight from Sriharikota
Amidst great excitement and enthusiasm, the rocket blasted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre’s FLP (First Launch Pad) in Sriharikota at 10:25am today. Fondly known as ISRO’s workhorse, the amazing PSLV comes in ‘XL” version. Six sturdy strap-on motors were used to airlift the satellite.
PSLV36 is a remote sensing satellite that provides data for resource monitoring. It was introduced to continue the services provided by Resource SAT-2A. Resource SAT-2A is a follow-up mission on Resource SAT-1 and Resource SAT-2 that were sent to space in 2003 and 2011.
Cool Features of PSLV-C36
The heavy remote sensing giant accommodates three payloads.
The first payload carries high resolution LISS-4 (Linear Imaging Self Scanner) camera with two state recorders. Furnished with 200 Giga Bits capacity, these recorders store images captured by camera. Its superior cameras work in three spectral bands in VNIR (Visible and Near Infrared Region) with 5.8 m spatial resolution. They rotate up to 26 degrees across tracks to acquire 5-day revisit data.
The second payload is furnished with LISS-3 (Linear Image Self-Sensing) medium-resolution camera. It operates in three spectral bands– SWIR (Short Wave Infrared) band having 23.5 m spatial resolution and VNIR bands.
A coarse resolution AWiFS (Advanced Wide Field Sensor) camera makes up the third payload. It works in three spectral band including 56 m spatial resolution SWIR and VNIR.
All these cameras can be interpreted on the ground stations. This will secure India’s position in meteorological studies and disaster prediction.
As per ISRO, this brand new PSLV model will position Resource SAT-2A into 817-km long sun synchronous orbit. So far, the world-acclaimed PSLV rocket has successfully launched up to 79 foreign-made and 42 Indian satellites in space since 1994. So far, ISRO has tasted 36 successful launches. This is yet another feather on ISRO’s colourful cap.