ISRO successfully places Resource Sat-2A in Orbit: Gearing up for two more satellites

In order to take the remote sensing data service forward, ISRO, On Wednesday, 7th December 2016, injected the PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A at 10.25 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A is the 38th flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). PSLV-C36 blasted off from the ground and placed a 1,235-kg RESOURCESAT-2A satellite into 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) on Wednesday.

PSLV-36 is intended to monitor Earth’s resources from the space. Moreover, it will also take the inheritance of monitoring remote sensing data services to global users forward like its precursor satellites. The PSLV-36 RESOURCESAT-2A bears 3 multispectral onboard cameras which will help the satellite to get more precise and better results. As said by ISRO’s official, PSLV-36 is designed to deliver information with improved multispectral and spatial exposure.

After the successful launch of PSLV-36, ISRO is now gearing up for two more satellites which are slated for early next year. In January 2017, ISRO will launch two satellites called GSLV Mark III and PSLV-C37 and now prepared both for trial. Currently, the entire team of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is busy in designing and developing the January mission of GSLV Mark III and PSLV-C37.

In January, 2017, ISRO will launch GSLV Mark III with the indigenous cryogenic engine. The programmer team of ISRO has already started working on the project. GSLV Mark III carrying the massive 3.2-ton GSAT-19E communication satellite will take off from Sathish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota,” said Mr. K. Sivan, Director of VSSC.

The PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A’, is the Remote Sensing Satellite and is the successor of Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. Both Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2 satellites took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on 17th October 2003, and 20th April 2011 respectively.

Commenting on this auspicious matter, the Director of VSSC, Mr. K Sivan said, “The dispatch of PSLV-C36 marks the accomplishment of indigenous payloads of ISRO units. The success of ISRO includes the NavIC satellite navigation system, Vikram processor from semiconductor labs and the domestic lithium particle battery”.

To recall, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV is one of the world’s most reliable launch vehicles, developed and operated by the India Space Research Agency (ISRO). Initiated in 1993, the PSLV launch rocket has witnessed 37 satellite launches including some historical missions like Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission, Space Capsule Recovery Experiment, and Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and so on.

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