ISRO's HySIS successfully placed into orbit along with 30 foreign satellites

Updated:1 month, 3 weeks ago IST

Sriharikota (AP), Nov 29 (ANI): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today fired a rocket carrying 31 satellites into space, including one of its own advanced earth observation satellite among the other smaller ones launched for eight countries. The rocket launched from the Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota carried the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) with high resolution, digital-imaging equipment to map the earth. Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), K Sivan while addressing a news conference said that the PSLV-C43 (Polar satellite launch vehicle - commercial) had one set of satellite for earth observation, another set of satellite for communication, eight of others for IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) mission, then some satellites for the space exhibition. Satellites from USA, Australia, Colombia, Malaysia and Spain were also carried for the first time by an Indian rocket, the state-run ISRO said on its website. This latest launch is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambition to project India as a global low-cost provider of services in space. It comes nearly two weeks after GSAT-29, India's heaviest satellite, was sent into space. Just over three-quarters of the satellites launched on Thursday were U.S. contracts agreed with Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO. Images sent by HySIS, which has a mission life of five years, will be used in the agriculture and forestry sectors, and help detect industrial pollution.

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