ISRO successfully launched its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C43 (PSLV-C43) rocket carrying India's best-ever high-resolution earth imaging satellite HysIS (Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite). Besides this, the workhorse rocket also carried 30 small co-passenger satellites from eight different countries, mostly belonging to the United States.
ISRO chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan and the space agency's scientists broke into cheers as the earth observation satellite was injected into sun-synchronous polar orbit.
The launch vehicle also had on board one microsatellite and 29 nanosatellites from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US. Of these, one microsatellite and 22 nanosatellites are from the United States.
“The heart of the system required for the HysIS satellite is basically an optical imaging detector chip. This chip has been indigenously designed by Space Application Centre of ISRO and fabricated at our semi-conductor lab at Chandigarh. I am sure that team ISRO can be proud that they are really giving an excellent space asset to India,” he said.
On the successful injection of the commercial satellites, Mr. Sivan said, “The way it was injected, am sure that our customers will be very happy to see their babies are delivered to their homes safely and precisely”.