BENGALURU (PTI): India's latest Earth observation satellite, RESOURCESAT 2A, will be launched on board ISRO's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on December 7 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
"RESOURCESAT-2A is scheduled to be launched on December 07, 2016 at 10:24 hours (IST) from SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre), SHAR, Sriharikota," said the Indian Space Research Organisation, which had earlier planned to launch it on November 28.
PSLV-C36, the 38th flight of PSLV, will place the 1,235-kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO), ISRO said, adding that, in this flight, the 'XL' version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors is being used.
Remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A, used for resource monitoring, is a follow-on mission to RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, launched in 2003 and 2012, respectively.
It is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, ISRO said.
The configuration is similar to RESOURCESAT-2 having three-tier imaging capability, with a unique combination of payloads consisting of three solid-state cameras-- a high resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanning Sensor LISS-IV, a medium resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanning Sensor LISS-III and an Advanced Wide Field Sensor (AWiFS).
The spacecraft mass is around 1200 kg with a power generation capacity of 1250 W and a mission life of five years.
PSLV, ISRO's versatile launch vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs, Low Earth Orbits (LEO) as well as Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and sub GTO, has 36 successful launches to its credit so far.
During 1994-2016 period, PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, including 79 from abroad.
PSLV-C36 / RESOURCESAT-2A
PSLV-C36 is the thirty eighth flight of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). PSLV-C36 will place the 1235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). PSLV-C36 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. In this flight, the 'XL' version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors is used.
PSLV is the ISRO's versatile launch vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs, Low Earth Orbits (LEO) as well as Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and sub GTO. With 36 successful launches, PSLV has emerged as the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO and is offered for launching satellites for international customers. During 1994-2016 period, PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites.
PSLV-C36 / RESOURCESAT-2A is scheduled to be launched on December 07, 2016 at 10:24 hrs (IST) from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
Isro to launch Resourcesat-2A on Dec 7
PSLV-C36 carrying the 1235kg Resourcesat-2A will lift off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, situated around 100km from Chennai, at 10.24am. It will be PSLV's 38th flight.
Eighteen minutes later, the satellite will be placed in an 817km polar sun-synchronous orbit.
Resourcesat-2A is a remote sensing satellite intended for resource monitoring. It is a follow-on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, which were launched in 2003 and 2012 respectively.
Resourcesat-2A is expected to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by its previous satellites.
Isro to launch remote sensing satellite on 7 December
RESOURCESAT-2A is a remote sensing satellite developed by Isro and succeeds RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2 launched in 2003 and 2011, respectively
Chennai: Capping a year of successful launches, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is all set to launch PSLV-C36 carrying remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A from the spaceport of Sriharikota on 7 December, the space agency said on Sunday.
The 44.4 metre tall PSLV C36 is expected to place the 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 827km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit in about 18 minutes after lift off.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C36, in its 38th flight, will blast off at 10.24 am from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, about 125 km from Chennai, Isro said on its website. The mission life of the satellite is five years.
RESOURCESAT-2A is a remote sensing satellite developed by Isro and succeeds RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2 launched in 2003 and 2011, respectively. It is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users and would carry similar payloads as carried by its predecessors RESOURCESAT-1 & RESOURCESAT-2.
RESOURCESAT-2A would carry a high resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner camera, medium resolution LISS-3 camera and an advanced wide field sensor camera that operates in various bands. It would also carry two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200GB to store the images taken by the cameras and which can be shared with ground stations.
A trusted workhorse of the space agency, PSLV has launched satellites in various orbits including sun synchronous orbit, low earth orbits, geosynchronous transfer orbit and sub-GTO, registering 36 successful launches so far.
Between 1994 and 2016, PSLV has successfully launched 121 satellites of which 79 are from overseas, the rest being Indian satellites, ISRO said. On 8 September, Isro launched advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR onboard GSLV-F05, tasting success on its maiden operational flight of its heavy-duty rocket fitted with the indigenous cryogenic upper stage.
On 26 September, in its longest ever mission spread over two hours, PSLV successfully launched eight satellites, including the country’s SCATSAT-1 and five satellites from other nations, in two different orbits to achieve another milestone. GSAT-18, India’s communication satellite, was launched on 6 October by a heavy-duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has been stacked on its launch pad for blastoff early Wednesday with a new resource-mapping satellite to aid in urban planning, crop monitoring and improve emergency response to natural disasters.
The PSLV is scheduled for launch at 0454 GMT Wednesday (11:54 p.m. EST Tuesday) from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Center, India’s spaceport on Sriharikota Island on the country’s east coast.
A new satellite to look down on Earth and provide data on the planet’s natural resources has been closed up inside the PSLV’s nose cone for Wednesday’s launch, which is scheduled for 10:24 a.m. India Standard Time.
The Resourcesat 2A mission will track agriculture, water resources, soil contamination, and the growth of Indian cities. It is a follow-up to the Resourcesat 1 and Resourcesat 2 spacecraft launched by India in 2003 and 2011.
The photos below show the stacking of the PSLV on the launch pad at Sriharikota, including the assembly of the multi-segment first stage motor, the addition of six 39-foot-long (12-meter) solid rocket boosters, and the hoisting of the PSLV’s liquid-fueled second stage into the pad’s mobile gantry.
The rocket assigned for Resourcesat 2A’s launch will fly in the PSLV XL configuration, featuring enlarged solid rocket boosters holding nearly 27,000 pounds (12.2 metric tons) of pre-packed solid propellant. It will be the 38th launch of a PSLV overall, and the 15th launch by the PSLV XL version.
The four-stage launcher stands 144 feet (44 meters) tall, roughly equivalent to a 14-story building.
Wednesday’s flight, known as PSLV-C36, will be the seventh Indian space launch of the year, a record number of launches in the history of the country’s space program. The tally so far this year includes five PSLV missions and one launch of the more powerful Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, but it does not count suborbital flights that tested a prototype reusable space plane and an experimental scramjet propulsion system.
The PSLV will deliver the 2,722-pound (1,235-kilogram) Resourcesat 2A satellite to an orbit around 514 miles (827 kilometers high) at an inclination of 98.7 degrees, according to a mission overview document provided by the Indian Space Research Organization.
Designed for a five-year mission, Resourcesat 2A carries three cameras to take visible and near-infrared pictures, and India’s space agency said the new craft will extend the data pipeline currently fed by Resourcesat 2.