ISRO Just Launched A Remote Sensing Satellite On Board PSLV-C36 And Here’s Why It’s Important

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) put its latest 1,235 kg remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A, into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) on board PSLV-C36, today. The rocket blasted off from First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR Sriharikota, at 10.24 am.

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To lift the satellite, ISRO used an ‘XL’ version of PSLV with six solid strap-on motors.

Resourcesat-2 is a follow-on mission to Resourcesat-1 and the eighteenth Indian Remote Sensing satellite built by ISRO.

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It is designed for resource monitoring and to continue remote sensing data services to global users. It’s configured to “provide data with enhanced multispectral and spatial coverage”.

The satellite contains 3 multispectral cameras on board, which helps in obtaining better results.

Important Changes 

RESOURCESAT-2 comes in with enhanced LISS-4 multispectral swath from 23 km to 70 km and advanced radiometric accuracy from 7 bits to 10 bits for LISS-3 and LISS-4 and 10 bits to 12 bits for AWIFS.

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It also comes in with changes in miniaturisation in payload electronics, and has an additional payload known as AIS (Automatic Identification System) from COMDEV.

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The system carries two Solid State Recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bytes each to store the images taken by its cameras which can be read out later to ground stations.