Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) carrying India’s earth observation satellite Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) and 30 small satellitesfrom eight countries took off successfully from the launchpad at Sriharikota at the scheduled time.

The rocket is carrying the 380 kg HysIS satellite and 30 overseassatellites together weighing 261.5 kg. International co-passengersatellites from Australia, Columbia, Malaysia and Spain are being flown for the first time in PSLV.

PSLV is a four-stage vehicle with alternating solid and liquid stages. The first stage comprises the massive rocket motor carrying 139 tonnes of solid propellant. The second stage carries 42 tonnes of Earth storable liquid propellant.

The entire mission will be completed in just over 112 minutes after the rocket’s lift-off.

HysIS mission is to study the earth’s surface in visible, near infrared andshortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The co-passengers of HysIS include 1 micro and 29 nanosatellites from eight different countries. All these satellites will be placed in a 504 km orbit. These satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO.

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