Till date, ISRO has conducted multiple successful space missions and now adding a new glory to this page, ISRO today has launched the third remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A and successfully placed it in orbit. Using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), on 7th December 2016, ISRO blasted off its 3rd remote sensing satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C36 carrying 1.2-tonne Resourcesat-2A blasted off from the launch pad of Sriharikota at 10.25 a.m. Resourcesat-2A is the successor of Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2 which took off on 17th October 2003, and 20th April 2011 respectively. PSLV-C36 is developed to carry out remote sensing data services to global users.
Around 18 minutes after blasting off from Sriharikota, PSLV-C36 placed Resourcesat-2A in an 818km Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit. Resourcesat-2A is the 38th flight of the PSLV mission of ISRO and will conduct remote sensing service. It will carry out the service of resource monitoring following the path of its predecessors like Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2.
After the successful launch, the Chairman of ISRO, A S Kiran Kumar congratulated the team and said, Resourcesat-2A will help us in managing our natural resources.
As per the statement of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre director K Sivan, “for the first time, we have tried our own Navic System to steer PSLV rocket. The Navic processor and receiver effectively helped us to navigate PSLV.”
Resourcesat-2A is the 9th launch of this year, and the next operation is slated for 20th January 2020, said the Director of Space Centre P Kunhikrishnan, Mr. Satish Dhawan.
PSLV mission was initiated in 1994 by Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO), and in these 18 years, total 38 flights have been successfully placed in orbit by the launch rocket. The new satellite will empower the remote sensing data service. The new spacecraft, following the footstep of its ancestors like Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, will monitor the resources of Earth from the space. In addition to this, it also will carry out the remote data sensing service to global users.