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ISRO To Launch PSLV-C43 Rocket And HysIS Satellite Today

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| November 29 , 2018 , 11:50 IST

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the HysIS observation satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on Thursday at 9.58 am IST.

The HysIS will be India's own earth observation satellite that will monitor atmospheric activity and climate change and assist studies of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Markedly, this is the sixth satellite launched by ISRO that will use a polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV).

The HysIS satellite adds a mass of 360kg to the payload and will be launched beside 30 other satellites from six nations. Out of these, 23 are from the United States.

These smaller satellites will add a weight of 281.4kg to the payload and adds to ISRO’s list of 239 foreign satellites that have already been launched.

While ISRO is only using the lightest version of the PSLV rocket, the core-alone PSLV, it is expected to be modified for future missions as the Indian space agency plans manned missions.

HysIS will capture the images of the whole earth in multiple frequencies with the mission life of over five years.

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It can provide global coverage and provide valuable data on agriculture, forestry, geological environments, coastal zones, and inland waters. This will be the second launch mission for the ISRO this month.

After this launch, the next big event for ISRO will be its much-awaited mission to the moon – Chandrayaan-2 – in early 2019.