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ISRO’s PSLV-C54 successfully places Earth Observation Satellite in orbit

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ISRO is also planning to have its mission to the sun with its satellite Aditya-L1 and a PSLV rocket next year.

 

The Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, has successfully placed Earth Observation Satellite (also known as EOS-06 or Oceansat-3) along with eight nanosatellites into two different sun-synchronous polar orbits. The mission, which marks the last PSLV mission of the year, was accomplished over the weekend from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

 

Talking about the Indian satellite, the OceanSat-3 is designed to provide the service continuity of its predecessor – OceanSat-2. The satellite was placed in the polar orbit at a height of about 740 kilometers above sea level and carried four payloads, namely Ocean Color Monitor (or OCM-3), Sea Surface Temperature Monitor (or SSTM), Ku-Band Scatterometer (or SCAT-3) and ARGOS. The main goal of the primary satellite is ocean observation, which includes monitoring phytoplankton blooms, studying suspended sediments and aerosols in the water, and observing chlorophyll concentrations.

 

The eight nanosatellites include Bhutanese satellite BhutanSat, Pixxel India’s Anand, and other satellites made by Dhruva Space, Astrocast, and Seattle-based Spaceflight USA.

 

“For us, the India-Bhutan satellite is a very important milestone in the history of joint collaboration of Indian scientist and Bhutanese scientists in building this satellite with two payloads,” said S. Somanath, ISRO Chairman. He also confirmed that all the satellites have been injected into their intended orbits in one of ISRO’s longest missions.

 

It is the 56th flight of PSLV, short for Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Since its first successful launch in October 1994, PSLV has launched numerous Indian and foreign customer satellites. Besides this, the vehicle had also successfully launched two spacecraft, i.e., Chandrayaan-1 in 2008 and Mars Orbiter Spacecraft in 2013.

 

(Image Credit: ISRO)
(Image Credit: ISRO)

 

“ISRO is also planning to have its mission to the sun with its satellite Aditya-L1, a coronagraphy spacecraft to study the solar atmosphere, with a PSLV rocket next year,” Somnath said; while disclosing the space agency’s plans to launch a navigation satellite for the country’s NavIC constellation in 2023.

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