India: In two days from today, Indian space agency ISRO to launch remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A from Sriharikota spaceport. Developed by ISRO, the agency has previously launched the RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2 satellites in 2003 and 2011, respectively.
For launching the satellite, the agency will use a PSLV-C36 rocket that is 44.4 metre tall and is expected to take off the 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A into an 827km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit in about 18 minutes after lift off.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C36, in its 38th flight, will blast off at 10.24 AM from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, about 125 km from here, ISRO said on its website.
RESOURCESAT-2A would carry a high-resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner camera, medium resolution LISS-3 camera and an advanced wide field sensor camera that operates in various bands.
It would also carry two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200GB to store the images taken by the cameras and which can be shared with ground stations.
A trusted workhorse of the space agency, PSLV has launched satellites in various orbits including sun-synchronous orbit, low earth orbits, geosynchronous transfer orbit and sub-GTO, registering 36 successful launches so far.