ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C52 with EOS-4 earth observation satellite

admin February 16, 2022
Updated 2022/02/16 at 2:42 PM

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C52 rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre’s first launch pad in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, carrying ISRO’s earth observation satellite EOS-04 and two additional satellites.

According to the ISRO, “PSLV-C52 is planned to orbit an earth observation satellite (EOS-04) weighing 1710 kg into a sun-synchronous polar orbit of 529 kilometers.”

The PSLV-C52 mission will also carry two small satellites as co-passengers: one student satellite (INSPIREsat-1) from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in collaboration with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics, and a technology demonstrator satellite (INS-2TD) from ISRO, which is a precursor to the India-Bhutan Joint Satellite (INS-2B).

EOS-04 is a radar imaging satellite that is intended to deliver high-quality photos in all weather circumstances for applications including agriculture, forestry, and plantations, soil moisture and hydrology, and flood mapping.

This spacecraft has two scientific payloads that will help researchers better understand ionosphere dynamics and solar coronal heating processes. The other is an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) technology demonstration satellite (INS-2TD), which is a predecessor to the India-Bhutan Joint Satellite (INS-2B). The satellite’s payload, a thermal imaging camera, aids in the evaluation of land surface temperature, water surface temperature of marsh or lakes, vegetation demarcation (crops and forests), and thermal inertia (day and night). This will be PSLV’s 54th flight and the 23rd mission using six PSOM-XLs in the PSLV-XL configuration (strap-on motors).

Source: Mint

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