ISRO 1st launch of the year

  • Charvi

Date: 15 February 2022

On Monday i.e., 14 February 2022, Earth Observation Satellite EOS-04 and two small satellites – INSPIREsat-1 and INS-2TD-were placed in the orbit by the PSLV-C52 rocket. The PSLV C-52 was the 54th flight of the rocket and the 23rd in its XL configuration. After a flight of 2 about 18 minutes, the vehicle injected the satellites into their intended orbit 3 Primary satellite EOS-04 was put into the intended sun synchronous polar orbit of 529 km altitude at 6.17 a.m. The ISRO’s maiden launch of 2022 and the first under its new Chairman, S. Somanath, went off without a glitch, placing all the three satellites into orbit with precision. 

EOS-4, a radar imaging satellite is designed to provide high-quality images in all weather conditions for applications such as agriculture, forestry, plantation, food mapping, soil moisture and hydrology.  It has a mission life of 10 years. The INS-2TD is a precursor to the India-Bhutan joint satellite [INS 2-B] and will assess land and water surface temperatures, delineation of crops and forest and thermal inertia. The INSPIREsat-1 is a student satellite from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in association with the University of Colorado, U.S., and is aimed at improving the understanding of ionosphere dynamics and the Sun’s coronal heating processes. The Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and the National Central University, Taiwan, were also a part of the development team of INSPIREsat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating the scientists, tweeted, “Congratulations to our space scientists on the successful launch of PSLV C-52 mission. EOS-04 satellite will provide high resolution images under all weather conditions for agriculture, forestry and plantations, soil moisture and hydrology as well as food mapping.”

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