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Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C43 successfully lifts off with 31 satellites

The national space agency ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C43, carrying HysIS and 30 other satellites, has launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 29, 2018. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43), in its 45th flight, will place the Indian and 30 co-passenger satellites from other countries in orbit. The launch of the PSLV-C43 took place at 9:58 AM IST on November 29, 2018.

The countdown for the launch of the PSLV-C43 carrying India’s latest earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 satellites from eight countries began on November 28 at 5:58 IST from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, some 90 kilometres off Chennai. The PSLV-C43 took-off at 9:58 AM IST on November 29, 2018.

The hyper-spectral imaging satellite HysIS will be the principal payload for the rocket PSLV-C43. This will be the 68th launch mission for the national space agency ISRO from Sriharikota and the sixth one this year. For more number crunch, this is the second launch this month. The rocket PSLV will put the satellite HysIS first at an altitude of about 637 kilometres.

Then it will be switched off and on twice to take the other thirty small satellites to an entirely different orbit of about 505-kilometre height and inject them one after the other in quick succession. The novel technology has already been mastered by the ISRO through several test missions in the recent past.

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