Update at 12:10 PM: PSLV: C43 successfully launches HysIS and 30 foreign satellites into their designated orbits
Update at 12:00 PM: Mission successful, announces ISRO
Update at 11:45 AM: More visuals of the lift-off of the PSLV-C43 carrying 31 satellite onboard
Update at 10:25 AM: Visuals of the Indian satellite HysIS injecting into sun-synchronous polar orbit
Update at 9:58 AM: ISRO successfully launches the PSLV-C43 Mission
Update at 9:44 AM: PSLV-C43 Mission Director R Hutton authorizes the launch operation sequence
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch the PSLV-C43 mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. For the unknown, ISRO will be launching the PSLV-C43 which be carrying India’s earth observation satellite named HysIS.
Along with the PSLV-C43, 29 other satellites, development by eight different countries, including 23 from the US, will also be launched on Thursday. While the countdown for the launch of earth observation satellite HysISalong with 30 satellites began at 5:58 AM on Wednesday, the mission will be launched at 9:58 AM on Thursday.
"The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C43/HysIS mission started today at 05:58 hrs IST.." it said. The space agency said fuel filling of the PS4 stage (fourth stage) has been completed.
The Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO, is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission and has a total mass of around 380 kgs while the co-passengers of HysIS will include 29 Nano and 1 Microsatellite from 8 different countries.
The mass of the spacecraft is about 380 kg, the space agency said adding that the satellite would be placed in 636 km-polar sun-synchronous orbits with an inclination of 97.957 degrees.
The primary goal of HysIS, whose mission life is five years, is to study the earth's surface invisible near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The co-passengers of HysIS include 1 micro and 29 nanosatellites from eight different countries. All these satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through ISRO's commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited. All the satellites would be placed in a 504 km orbit by PSLV-C43, the space agency said.
PSLV is a four-stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages. PSLV-C43, which is the 45th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), is the 'Core Alone' version of PSLV. It is the lightest version of the launch vehicle.
This will be ISRO's second launch in the month. The space agency had launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-29 on board GSLV MkIII-D2 on November 14.
(With PTI inputs)