The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will blast PSLV-C36 rocket carrying remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A at 10:24 hrs (IST) on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Indian space agency will launch the satellite from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
The PSLV-C36 rocket is the thirty-eighth flight of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) which will place the 1235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A satellite into an 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). As per the reports, scientists are using the ‘XL’ version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors to lift up the satellite.
The new version of remote sensing satellite will become successor of previous iterations — RESOURCESAT-2 and RESOURCESAT-2 launched in 2003 and 2011 respectively. The satellite will carry similar payloads of its previous iterations.
ISRO revealed that the RESOURCESAT-2A will be equipped with 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. In addition, the satellite boasts two solid state drives with 200GB capacity in order to store the images captured by the camera.
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.