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India's ISRO Placed Another Sensing Satellite 'Resourcesat-2A' In Orbit

Dec 08, 2016 07:22 AM EST

India's surprising space programs are earning the respect of different nations. Before the year ends, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched another sensing satellite 'Resourcesat-2A' into space.

Resourcesat-2A was launched to space aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) a rocket of Indian descent as well. The satellite lifted off last week. The satellite will be added to India's fleet of Earth observation satellites.

The successful launch of India's newest sensing satellite was attributed to ISRO's equally impressive rocket, the PSLV-XL model. PSLV-XL is 44.4 meter in height that also weighs 321 ton, making it appear too easy for the rocket to launch the 1,235-kilogram payload satellite Resourcesat-2A, according to Business Insider India.

The payload left the Earth from the First Launch Pad (FLP) located at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, according to Huffington Post. The innovative PSLV rocket uses solid and liquid fuel to power its engine and sending the new satellite to space makes it its 38th flight, according to a report.

Now that the new satellite is in place, it will continue to work done by earlier Indian sensing satellite models, the Resourcesat-1 launched in 2003 and Resourcesat-2 launched in 2011. The series of satellite proves that ISRO is continuously working towards building better satellite versions for their growing space observatories and missions.

Onboard ISRO's sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A are various scientific equipment including the high definition Linear Imaging Self Scanner (LISS-4) camera that has the capability to operate in the Visible and Near-Infrared Region (VNIR). To support LISS, the satellite is also carrying a LISS-3 camera of lower resolution and the Short Wave Infrared (SWIR).

The data gathered by the three special cameras aboard the satellite will be stored in the equally innovative Solid State recorders with 200 giga bites capacity.


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