The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched Remote Sensing Satellite Resourcesat-2A, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota on Wednesday morning at around 10:30 am. The satellite was earlier scheduled to be launched on November 28th. ISRO began a 36-hour countdown on Monday night. With this launch, ISRO completes the fourth stage (PS4) of the PSLV-C36, which is the 38th flight of the launch vehicle.
ISRO in its statement said that the Resourcesat-2A satellite will carry three payloads. These payloads are similar to those of Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2 that were launched earlier. They are high-resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner (LISS-4) camera operating in three spectral bands in the visible and near infrared region (VNIR) with a 5.8m spatial resolution. The spacecraft has a mass of around 1200 kgs with the power generating capacity 1,250 W and a mission of life for five years.
According to PTI, ISRO is all set to launch 83 satellites in 2017. The 80 satellites weighing 500 kgs belong to five foreign countries- Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the US.