ISRO’s PSLV – C36 Successfully Placed Remote Sensing Satellite Resourcesat-2A in Orbit
- Dec 07, 2016
Today ISRO launched Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This is the thirty seventh consecutively successful mission of PSLV.
i. Indian Space Research Organisation, which is basking in the glory of consecutive successful launches and placed remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A in the orbit.
ii. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle — PSLV-C36 -carrying 1.2-tonne Resourcesat-2A lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, situated around 100km from Chennai
iii. ISRO used an XL version of the rocket in PSLV’s 38th flight. In 18 years from 1994 to 2016, PSLV has seen 36 successful launches, placing 121 satellites including 79 from abroad.
iv. After 18 minutes lift off, PSLV-C36 placed the satellite in an 818km Polar Sun Synchonrous Orbit.
v. This is the first time ISRO used our own Navic System to navigate PSLV. The Navic processor and receiver helped navigate PSLV.” Sivan said GSLV MK III is scheduled for launch on January 20, 2017
About Resourcesat – 2A:
a) Resourcesat-2A is a remote sensing satellite intended for resource monitoring. It is a follow-on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, which were launched in 2003 and 2012 respectively.
b) Resourcesat-2A is expected to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by its previous satellites.
c) The satellite has three payloads which are similar to those of Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. They are high resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner (LISS-4) camera operating in three spectral bands in the visible and near infrared region (VNIR) with a 5.8m spatial resolution.
=> The Indian Space Research Organisation is the space agency of the Government of Republic of India. headquartered in the city of Bengaluru.
=> Formed in 1969, ISRO superseded the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) established in 1962 by the efforts of independent India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his close aide and scientist Vikram Sarabhai.
=> It is managed by the Department of Space, which reports to the Prime Minister of The Republic of India (Narendra Modi).
=> ISRO built India’s first satellite, Aryabhata, which was launched by the Soviet Union on 19 April 1975. In 1980, Rohini became the first satellite to be placed in orbit by an Indian-made launch vehicle, SLV-3.
Note: The total number of satellites launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV including today’s RESOURCESAT-2A has now reached 122, of which 43 are Indian and the remaining 79 are from abroad.
Headquarters : Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Primary spaceport : Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
Chairman : A. S. Kiran Kumar