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LIVE: India's mega satellite launch aboard PSLV-C43 underway

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) along with 30 other foreign commercial satellites today from the Sriharikota launch centre using the PSLV C43 rocket.

12:35 PM, Nov 29
Hutton added that the key to the mission's success was employing the lighter version of the PSLV called the 'Core Alone' version. With this launch, the PSLV launchers have completed 45 missions, with the PSLV C-43 mission being the 43rd successful mission.
12:32 PM, Nov 29
The success of the PSLV C-43 is an accomplishment because with the success of this mission, the reliability of the launch vehicle has reached more than 97%. According to R. Hutton, the Mission Director, this proves the versatility of the launcher in injecting multiple satellites into multiple orbits.
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12:23 PM, Nov 29
S. Pandian, the director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR - ISRO, stated that ISRO has reached new milestone with the launch of 270 satellites from 28 countries.
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12:20 PM, Nov 29
"Having analysed HySIS performance after ejection, all the operations have been completed, both the solar panels have been deployed successfully. All are normal, including the DGA antenna release as well," according to P. Kunhikrishnan, the Director of U R Rao Satellite Center (URSC)
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12:13 PM, Nov 29
Dr K Sivan addresses the nation saying that, "I would like to compliment, congratulate and thank the entire team ISRO for achieving such a wonderful mission within 2 weeks after achieving another major mission."
(Photo source: YouTube/Doordarshan) The last mission was the launch of the India's communication satellite, the GSAT-29, from Sriharikota on November 14 using its heaviest rocket, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-MkIII) weighing 3,423 kg.
12:13 PM, Nov 29
S. Somanath, the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told the press that, "We will come back again for the next launch of the GSLV in another 20 days. It’s getting ready with the GSLV F-11 and GSAT 7A. See you again at that time."
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11:59 AM, Nov 29
ISRO's next launch is scheduled from French Guinea on December 05 at 2PM. It will be the launch of India's heaviest satellite to date, the GSAT-11.
11:54 AM, Nov 29
GLOBAL SAT 1 just separated from the rocket. All 31 satellites' separation has been confirmed. The PSLV C-43 mission is as success.
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11:53 AM, Nov 29
GLOBAL SAT 1 just separated from the rocket. All 31 satellites' separation has been confirmed. The PSLV C-43 mission is as success.
11:50 AM, Nov 29
14 satellites have been ejected into orbit so far.
11:50 AM, Nov 29
All the satellites are being ejected at 5-10 second intervals.
11:35 AM, Nov 29
PSLV-C43 has successfully injected HySIS into sun-synchronous polar orbit.
(Photo source: twitter/ISRO)
11:32 AM, Nov 29
While the launch of 31 satellites is a massive undertaking, ISRO holds the record for launching a total of 104 satellites on February 15,2017 — the highest in the world.
11:29 AM, Nov 29
The HySIS satellite is also endearing called 'Chhota Bheem' — nicknamed after a popular Indian cartoon character — since it's considered to be relatively light at only 380 kgs.
11:28 AM, Nov 29
ISRO's chairman, Dr K Sivan stated, "HySIS is a very rare satellite with a super-sharp eye, and very few countries have indigenously mastered this technology."
11:25 AM, Nov 29
Falling under the gambit of Earth observation (EO), experts have called the use of this technology as capturing a 'CATSCAN' of Earth from space.
11:24 AM, Nov 29
The HySIS satellite's primary objective is to collect data to help with analysis of agriculture, soil quality, coastal zones and inland waters among other geological environments.
10:40 AM, Nov 29
The technology that makes the HySIS capable of hyperspectral imaging is India's endogenously developed optical imaging detector chip by the Space Applications Centre (SAC) and manufactured by Semi Conductor Limited (SCL).
(Photo source: ISRO)
10:33 AM, Nov 29
The primary goal of the HySIS satellite is to study the Earth's surface using hyperspectral imagery. Hyperspectral imaging consists of much narrower bands as compared to multispectral imagery.
10:31 AM, Nov 29
All of the satellite on board the PSLV-C43 have commercial contracts with ISRO's commercial arm, Antrix Corportation Limited.
10:27 AM, Nov 29
Co-passenger nano-satellites of India's HySIS are 23 US satellites and one each from Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Spain.
10:17 AM, Nov 29
PSLV-C43 in flight minutes after lift-off
(Photo source: ISRO/PIB)
10:03 AM, Nov 29
PSLVC43 has a successful lift off with 31 satellites including Hysis
09:57 AM, Nov 29
Countdown underway for launch of PSLV-C-43/Hysis from Satish Dhawan Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
(Photo Credit: ISRO )
09:48 AM, Nov 29
Here are the types of satellites in the launch
09:40 AM, Nov 29
Few facts about the PSLV launch
08:32 AM, Nov 29
The countdown for the PSLV-C43 launch has begun
08:29 AM, Nov 29
Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming launch
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India has already experimented with imaging spectroscopy when it launched the Chandrayaan-1, which had a hyperspectral camera on board to help map out the mineral resources available on the moon.
08:27 AM, Nov 29
Hyperspectral imaging — also called imaging spectroscopy or hypex imaging — enables satellites to distinctly identify objects from outer space.
08:21 AM, Nov 29
HySIS will help India monitor atmospheric activity, climate change, and help with the assessment of Earth’s magnetic field using its imaging tools.
08:14 AM, Nov 29
It's payload will include India’s own earth observation satellite, the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) , and 30 other satellites that will lift off from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR Sriharikota.
08:13 AM, Nov 29
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 45th flight PSLV-C43 at 9.59am today.
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