Friday, April 22, 2011

PSLV-Polar Satellite Launch vehicle
Developed by Indian space research organization(ISRO) to launch satellites into synchronous orbit. PSLV is a expandable launch vehicle,it has four stages. PSLV runs on VIKAS engine, developed by Indian engineers in 1970. It is similar to,VIKING.
Recently, ISRO had successfully launched its 16th space mission. PSLV used to put the satellites into orbits. So, what exactly did this PSLV-C16 space mission put in space?


Resourcesat-2 is follow on mission to resourcesat-1. Resourcesat-2 is intended to carry on remote sensing work to the global users and also provide multispectral and spatial coverage as well.
RESOURCESAT-2 also carries an additional payload known as AIS (Automatic Identification System) from COMDEV, Canada as an experimental payload for ship surveillance in VHF band to derive position, speed and other information about ships.
RESOURCESAT-2 carries two Solid State Recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bytes each to store the images taken by its cameras which can be read out later to ground stations.

Tech Details
Weight: 1206 kg,  Number of orbits per day: 14, Mission life: 5 years

YOUTHSAT is a joint Indo-Russian stellar and atmospheric satellite mission.Youthsat mission intends to investigate the relationship between solar variability and thermosphere-Ionosphere changes.

Weight: 92 kg, Orbit period:101.35 min, Mission life:2 years

X-SAT, the third payload of PSLV-C16, is Singapore's first satellite. Weighing 106 kg at lift-off, X-SAT is a Mini Satellite with a multispectral camera IRIS as its primary payload. X-SAT mission mainly intends to demonstrate technologies related to satellite based remote sensing and onboard image processing.