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The Indian Space Research Organisation’s trusted workhorse PSLV-C43 successfully lifted off with  earth observation satellite HysIS, along with 30 other customer satellites at 9:57 am on Thursday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), an earth-observation satellite developed by ISRO, is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission.

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A view of ISRO’s GSLV-MkIII D2 mission carrying high throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 before the launch on November 13, 2018. Weighing 3,423 kg at lift-off, GSAT-29 was the heaviest satellite thus far to be launched from India and with a mission life of 10 years, beacme the 33rd communication satellite built by ISRO. These Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles help launch satellites into geostationary orbits and in the case of GSAT-29, it was to be placed in a geostationary transfer orbit.

 “HysIS is the country’s first- ever innovative satellite that shall provide hyperspectral imaging for advanced earth observation which will be an added advantage in watching over from space varied sectors like defence, agriculture and mineral exploration,” K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO, told the media on Wednesday.

The flight would last almost two hours, making it the third  longest mission of PSLV. The PSLV, flying in its core-alone format, will first release HysIS to an orbit at 636 km, 17 minutes from launch. Then, two engines will restart an hour after launch, and 47 minutes later all customer satellites would be put into a lower orbit at 504 km.

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