Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) workhorse, the PSLV, carrying 31 satellites, soared in a trajectory crossing the path of the Sun and sped to inject the country’s Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), dubbed ‘Sharp Eye’, in its intended orbit.
In the course of the next one hour, the team at the Mission Control waited for the PSLV C-43 to come up on the other side of the Equator to insert 30 small commercial satellites from various countries into the orbits requested by the customers.
The HysIS is is an Earth observation satellite primarily to assist in a wide range of applications in agriculture, forestry, geological environments, coastal zones, among others.
The 30 satellites are one each from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, Malaysia, Netherlands and Spain, and 23 from the USA.
A view of ISRO’s GSLV-MkIII D2 mission carrying high throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 before the launch on November 13, 2018. Weighing 3,423 kg at lift-off, GSAT-29 was the heaviest satellite thus far to be launched from India and with a mission life of 10 years, beacme the 33rd communication satellite built by ISRO. These Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles help launch satellites into geostationary orbits and in the case of GSAT-29, it was to be placed in a geostationary transfer orbit.
After 17 minutes from the lift-off from the first launchpad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, the PSLV C-43 injected the HysIS into a precise orbit of 636 km from the Earth.