PSLV-C36 successfully launches RESOURCESAT-2A; ISRO

Capping a year of successful launches, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully launched its thirty eighth flights PSLV-C36 / RESOURCESAT-2A from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. Live telecast was made available on Doordarshan and the official website of ISRO on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 from 9 hours 55 minutes (IST).

The satellite was earlier planned for launch on November 28. ISRO, which began a 36-hour countdown last night, today said Mono Methyl Hydrazine (MMH) fuel and Mixed Oxides of Nitrogen (MON-3) oxidiser filling operations of the fourth stage (PS4) of PSLV-C36 are completed. Things are going on as planned for the much awaited launch. The spacecraft mass is around 1,200 kg with a power generation capacity of 1,250 W and a mission life of five years.

PSLV-C36 is ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). PSLV-C36 will place the 1235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) in about 18 minutes after lift off. In this flight, the ‘XL’ version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors is used. The mission life of the satellite is five years.

  • Launch Vehicle:  PSLV-C36 / RESOURCESAT-2A
  • Type of Satellite:  Earth Observation
  • Manufacturer:  ISRO
  • Owner:  ISRO
  • Application:  Earth Observation
  • Orbit Type: SSPO

PSLV is the ISRO’s versatile launch vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs, Low Earth Orbits (LEO) as well as Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and sub GTO. With 36 successful launches, PSLV has emerged as the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO and is offered for launching satellites for international customers. During 1994-2016 period, PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites.

RESOURCESAT-2A is a Remote Sensing satellite intended for resource monitoring. RESOURCESAT-2A is a follow on mission to RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, launched in 2003 and 2011 respectively. RESOURCESAT-2A is intended to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2. RESOURCESAT-2A carries two Solid State Recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bits each to store the images taken by its cameras which can be read out later to ground stations.

Other Achievements of ISRO for the year 2016

On September 8, ISRO launched advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR onboard GSLV-F05, tasting success on its maiden operational flight of its heavy-duty rocket fitted with the indigenous cryogenic upper stage.

On September 26, in its longest ever mission spread over two hours, PSLV successfully launched eight satellites, including the country’s SCATSAT-1 and five satellites from other nations, in two different orbits to achieve another milestone.

GSAT-18, India’s communication satellite, was launched on October 6 by a heavy-duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.

All Images credits: ISRO

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