31 satellites including HysIS launched through PSLV-C43
In a mission very similar to PSLV-C38, ISRO has launched another set of 31 satellites including the country’s very first Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) onboard PSLV-C43 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota yesterday.
In addition to HysIS, 1 micro and 29 nano satellites were launched as co-passenger satellites. These were from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain and America. HysIS is India’s very first hyper spectral imaging satellite intended for earth observation in visible near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of electromagnetic spectrum. . The Space Applications Center (SAC) of ISRO has designed, developed, fabricated and tested the Optical imaging detector chip indigenously. The optical imaging detector chip will serve as as the heart of HysIS, enabling India to combine digital imaging and spectroscopy collecting and processing information across electromagnetic spectrum. These hyperspectral images are very much useful in distinct identification of objects, materials and processes on earth thereby contributing to various applications across defence, agriculture, land use, forestry, soil survey, inland water studies, coastal zone studies, environmental monitoring, pollution detection from industries and mineral exploration across length and breadth of the country.
Details of other satellites are provided in the image below.