Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the 1.2-ton remote-sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A into orbit on Wednesday, 07 December.
The Resourcesat-2A was launched using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C36) from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The satellite vehicle reached polar sun-synchronous orbit after 17 minutes of flight.
The Times of India reports that ISRO has now placed 122 satellites, among them 79 foreign systems, into orbit between 1994 to 2016.
As per ISRO, the newly placed satellite will come online within the coming days, form which it will begin providing high-quality photographic imagery of the surface.
The Resourcesat-2A is equipped with a three-tier imaging system comprised of Advanced Wide Field Sensor, Linear Imaging Self Scanner-3, and Linear Imaging Self-Scanner-4 cameras.
As per ISRO (via The Wire):
“AWiFS provides images with a sampling of 56 metres, a swath of 740 km and a revisit of five days whereas the LISS-3 provides 23.5 metre sampled images with 141 km swath and a [revisit] of 24 days … LISS-4 provides 5.8 metre sampled images with 70 km swath and a revisit of five days.”
The mission life of the Resourcesat-2A is five years.
Notes & Comments:
With PSLV-36, ISRO has once again affirmed itself as among India’s premiere research, development, and engineering success stories. Few countries in the world can count themselves as conduits for development in orbit, and ISRO has been among them, long before PSLV-36. The Resourcesat-2A will continue from the Resourcesat-2 and Resourcesat-1 in the mission of resource monitoring.