Rideshare launch provider “Spaceflight” has announced 12 of it customer satellites have been shipped out of Seattle and are heading to India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center for a launch on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket later this month. Spaceflight – also involved with an upcoming SpaceX launch this month – noted that using a variety of global launch vehicles allows them additional manifest flexibility.
The upcoming launch of the PSLV C43 mission – currently scheduled to take place on November 26-27 – will see a multitude of small satellites riding on the Indian rocket. Spaceflight has yet to confirm if the vehicle is using its XL or CA (Core Alone) configuration.
India’s space agency, ISRO, will be launching HySIS (hyperspectral imaging satellite) on this mission, which will gaze over the country from 630 km in 55 spectral bands.
“‘Hyspex’ imaging will enable the distinct identification of objects, materials or processes on Earth by reading the spectrum for each pixel of a scene from space,” noted ISRO. “The payloads development center, Space Applications Center, Ahmedabad, designed the architecture of the chip which was made at ISRO’s electronics arm, the Semi-Conductor Laboratory, Chandigarh. The result was a detector array that ...