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India successfully launches Earth observation satellite HysIS along with 30 foreign satellites
"The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) successfully launched 31 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) today in Sriharikota," stated a release of Department of Space on November 29 adding that the last satellite was injected into its designated orbit 1 hour and 49 minutes after the lift-off. It is said that the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration in the next few days.

Further, it was informed that the HysIS was an earth observation satellite built around ISRO's Mini Satellite2 (IMS-2) bus weighing about 380kg with a mission life of five years. HysIS had the company of one micro and 29 nano-satellites from eight countries.

"The primary goal of HysIS is to study the earth's surface in both the visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Data from the satellite will be used for a wide range of applications including agriculture, forestry, soil/geological environments, coastal zones and inland waters, etc. ," stated the release.

The foreign satellites launched were part of commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited and customers, it was added.

"HysIS will start sending images from the fifth day of its injection. With HysIS, we have 47 operational satellites that are active now in their orbits, meant for applications like communications, earth observation, scientific studies and navigation," said ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan while Congratulating the ISRO scientists.

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