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CHENNAI: Indian Space Research Organisation, which is basking in the glory of consecutive successful launches, on Wednesday successfully placed remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A in orbit.

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle -- PSLV-C36 -carrying 1.2-tonne Resourcesat-2A lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, situated around 100km from Chennai, at 10.25am. Isro used an XL version of the rocket in PSLV's 38th flight. In 18 years from 1994 to 2016, PSLV has seen 36 successful launches, placing 121 satellites including 79 from abroad.
Around eighteen minutes after lifting off from Sriharikota, PSLV-C36 placed the satellite in an 818km Polar Sun Synchonrous Orbit.
Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar congratulated the whole team behind the successful launch of the satellite.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre director K Sivan said a number of systems, including the avionics, were tried in the launch on Wednesday. "This is the first time we used our own Navic System to navigate PSLV. The Navic processor and receiver helped navigate PSLV." Sivan said GSLV MK III is scheduled for launch on January 20, 2017.
"This is the ninth launch this year. The launch campaign for GSLV MK-III has begun," said Satish Dhawan Space Centre director P Kunhikrishnan.
Resourcesat-2A is a remote sensing satellite intended for resource monitoring. It is a follow-on mission to Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, which were launched in 2003 and 2012 respectively.
Resourcesat-2A is expected to continue the remote sensing data services to global users provided by its previous satellites.
Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre sirector S Somanath said Resourcesat-2A would "manage our natural resources."
The satellite has three payloads which are similar to those of Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2. 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 second payload is the medium resolution LISS-3 camera operating in three-spectral bands in VNIR and one in short wave infrared (SWIR) band with 23.5m spatial resolution.
The third payload is a coarse resolution Advanced Wide Field Sensor camera operating in three spectral bands in VNIR and one band in SWIR with 56m spatial resolution.
The satellite has two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200 gigabits each to store the images taken by its cameras, which the ground stations can later access.
ISRO Propulsion Complex director Rakesh S said the critical stage of the cryogenic engine that would power GSLV MK-III was completed successfully.

Courtesy: TOI 

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