ISRO today successfully launched PSLV-C16. “It is the 18th launch of PSLV and 18th remote sensing satellite’” said a beaming Dr. K. Radhakrishnan.
The satellites were ejected in a text book manner. First the RESOURCESAT-2 was ejected and 40 seconds later YOUTHSAT and X-SAT satellites were ejected. The entire mission took 18 minutes. RESOURCESAT-2 is crucial for India. It will replace Resourcesat-1 launched in 2003 and provide data with enhanced multi-spectral and spatial coverage on natural resources. On 28th April, the satellite will beam its first picture.
One of the key point of the launch was that the younger generation scientists were at the helm of the launch and the seniors were sitting at the back.
As reported earlier, RESOURCESAT-2 is built by ISRO. It is the primary satellite for the launch. RESOUECESAT-2 is an advanced remote sensing satellite weighing 1206 kg for facilitating the study and management of natural resources. Weighing 92 Kg, YOUTHSAT is an Indo-Russian satellite meant for stellar and atmospheric studies. X-SAT is a micro satellite weighing 105 kg and is meant for imaging applications built by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.
Reports have been received that the two aux satellites are performing well.
PSLV C17, PSLV C 18 with Megha-Tropiques and PSLV C 19 will be launched this year.