ISRO’s PSLV-C52 successfully launched, also carried two small satellites

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New Delhi: (ISRO) successfully launched () on Monday morning at 5.59. This is the first launch mission of 2022 (PSLV C52 Launching). The 25-hour countdown to send the Earth-observing satellite into orbit by PSLV-C52 had begun on Sunday morning. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) also carried two small satellites with it. Its launch is scheduled at 05:59 am on Monday from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. EOS-04 is a ‘radar imaging satellite’ designed to provide high quality images in all weather conditions and in applications such as agriculture, forestry and plantation, soil moisture and hydrology and flood mapping.

Why are two small satellites important?PSLV will also be carrying two small satellites, including InspireSat-1, a satellite of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), built in collaboration with the Atmospheric and Space Physics Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder. NTU, Singapore and NCU, Taiwan have also contributed in this. The purpose of this satellite is to improve the understanding of the dynamics of the ionosphere and the coronal thermal processes of the Sun. At the same time, the second satellite has a Technology Demonstrator Satellite (INS-2TD). Having a thermal imaging camera as its instrument, the satellite will assist in the estimation of land surface temperature, water surface temperature of wetlands or lakes, vegetation (crops and forests) and thermal inertia (day and night).

[Attribution to NBT]

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