India’s progression in space exploration field is age-old and adding a new page of success to the long history of space missions, ISRO, on Wednesday successfully launched its 38th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Named ‘PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A satellite’, the flight took off from Sriharikota on 7th December, 2016.
On Wednesday, 7th December 2016, India Space Research Agency (ISRO) launched the PSLV C36 rocket lifting Resource Sat-2A at 10.25 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A is ISRO’s 38th flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
Resource Sat-2A is the third installment of Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. Resourcesat-1 was dispatched on 17th October 2003, and Resourcesat-2 was launched on 20th April 2011. The PSLV C36 is designed to take the mission of serving remote sensing data services to global users forward, after its predecessors mentioned above.
Before PSLV C36 Resource Sat-2A, ISRO launched seven more satellites in 2016, in order to take its space mission programs forward. Let’s have a quick look on other missions of 2016.
- IRNSS-1E: IRNSS-1E was the first satellite of ISRO for the year 2016. It was blasted off on 20th January from Sriharikota, Karnataka. IRNSS-1E was the 5th satellite in the series of seven satellites of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C31. The system of the satellite was designed to provide a more accurate data than GPS and can cover 1,500 km from India’s political boundaries.
- IRNSS 1F: IRNSS 1F was the 6th satellite of a series which was designed to deliver location services over India and nearby countries. It was launched by ISRO on PSLV C-32 on 10th March 2016. The system of the satellite was developed to provide accurate location data better than 10 meters.
- RLV-TD: ISRO, on 23rd May, injected the Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. With the launch of RLV-TD, ISRO initiated the program to develop renewable satellites which can orbit multiple times like airplanes do.
- PSLV-C34: ISRO, on 22nd June successfully carried out the launch of 20 satellites, including an earth observation Cartosat-2 under a single mission called – PSLV-C34. The mission was conducted from the spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Of the 20, 19 were foreign satellites including 12 from the USA, one from America, two from Canada and one each from Germany and Indonesia.
- GSLV F05: ISRO’s GSLV F05 was dispatched from the Earth on 8th September 2016. GSLV F05 was a heavy-lift GSLV rocket with a home-grown cryogenic engine. The spacecraft carried a 2,211-kg INSAT-3DR weather satellite and was the heaviest satellite to be launched by ISRO.
- PSLV SCATSAT-1: PSLV SCATSAT-1 successfully injected on 26th September, carrying eight satellites into two different orbits. The primary cargo of the satellite, the SCATSAT-1 was 371-kg and was meant for studying the climate and ocean. The rest seven satellites consisted of one each from the US and Canada and three from Algeria.