The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 29, 2018, successfully launched a hyperspectral imaging satellite (HySIS), an earth observation satellite along with 30 foreign commercial satellites from Sriharikota launch center in Andhra Pradesh.
The satellites were launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. This was the 45th launch flight of the polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) rocket.
1. PSLV is a four stage launch vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages. PSLV-C43 is the Core Alone version of PSLV which is the lightest version of PSLV.
2. HySIS is an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO. It is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission. The mass of the satellite is about 380 kg.
3. The satellite was placed in 636 km polar sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination of 97.957 deg. The mission life of the satellite is expected to be 5 years.
4. The foreign satellites launched along with HySIS include 1 Micro and 29 Nanosatellites from 8 different countries.
5. All these satellites were placed in a 504 km orbit by PSLV-C43. Out of the 30 commercial satellites, 23 are from the United States.
6. These satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO.