Watch: India successfully places its ‘eye in the sky’ satellite into orbit

Sriharikota: On Monday morning, India successfully placed its EOS-04 radar imaging satellite into orbit in a textbook style.

With this, the Indian space agency started its 2022 romance with space missions.

At 05:59, the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C52 (PSLV-C52) took off from the first launch pad carrying three satellites, including the Earth observation satellite-04 (EOS-04) previously named RISAT -1A.

The multi-satellite launch space mission lasted just over 18 minutes.

Congratulating the ISRO team for the successful mission S. Somanath, President of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said, “The mission was successfully accomplished. The main satellite and the co-passenger satellites have been put into orbit.

For his part, the director of the satellite (EOS-04), CVSreekantha, said that the health of the satellite was good and that the solar panels had been deployed.

In a few days, the EOS-04 will be ready to send its images, added Sreekantha.

The 44.4-meter-tall, 321-tonne PSLV-C52 slowly rose skyward with a thick orange flame at its tail.

The rocket gradually picked up speed as it climbed while making a thunderous rolling sound.

Just over 17 minutes into its flight, the rocket launched its lead passenger, the 1,710 kg EOS-04, into a 529 km sun-synchronous polar orbit and shortly thereafter INSPIREsat-1 (17 .5 kg) and INS-2TD (8.1 kg) were put into orbit.

India’s EOS-04 radar imaging satellite is designed to provide high quality images in all weather conditions for applications such as agriculture, forestry and agriculture. plantations, soil moisture & hydrology and flood mapping.

The EOS-04 with a 10-year lifespan is a repeat of Risat-1 launched in 2012 and is configured to provide continuity of C-band SAR providing microwave data to the user community for operational services .

The satellite will play a strategic role in the defense of the nation with its ability to operate day, night and in all weather conditions.

The satellite has, among other things, data processing systems and high storage devices.

INSPIREsat-1 is a student satellite of the Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST) in association with the Atmospheric & Space Physics Laboratory at the University of Colorado, USA. Other contributors are NTU, Singapore and NCU, Taiwan.

The satellite carries two science payloads to improve understanding of the dynamics of the ionosphere and the solar coronal heating process.

ISRO’s Technology Demonstration Satellite (INS-2TD), which is a precursor to India-Bhutan Joint Satellite (INS-2B) carries a thermal camera to assess land/water surface temperature of areas wetlands/lakes, delimitation of vegetation (crops/forests) and day/night thermal inertia.

The RISAT-1A flight will be followed by the launch of three satellites – OCEANSAT-3, INS-2B, ANAND – by PSLV-C53 in March and Micro SAT by the new small rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) in April.

In addition, the launch of the four-tonne communications satellite GSAT-24 is also planned in the first quarter of this year using the Ariane 5 rocket owned by Arianespace.

Evelyn C. Tobin