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Bengaluru Startup Behind 1 of 9 Satellites Deployed by ISRO’s PSLV


    Characteristic Picture Courtesy ISRO

    The Indian Area Analysis Organisation (ISRO) launched the Earth Statement Satellite tv for pc — Oceansat (EOS-06) and eight nano-satellites on a PSLV-C54 rocket on Saturday.

    What makes the ultimate mission of the Polar Satellite tv for pc Launch Car (PSLV) for this yr much more particular is the presence of three nano-satellites developed by two Indian startups.

    Bengaluru-based start-up Pixxel launched Anand, its third hyperspectral satellite tv for pc onboard the PSLV. That is the primary time the corporate performed a launch from Indian soil.

    This comes a number of days after India’s first privately-developed rocket, Vikram-S, was launched on November 18. It’s developed by Hyderabad-based startup Skyroot Aerospace Personal Restricted.

    Other than that, Hyderabad-based Dhruva area launched two Thybolt satellites. These are beginner (ham) radio communication nanosatellites, meant to supply assist to radio fanatics the world over.

    In June 2022, Dhruva Area efficiently examined and space-qualified its Satellite tv for pc Orbital Deployer onboard the PSLV-C53.

    All About Anand

    Anand is a 15 kg satellite tv for pc that can assist Pixxel show its imaging and technical capabilities. It should view our planet intimately and supply environmental information via greater than 150 wavelengths.

    For Pixxel, the launch of Anand signifies an enormous victory after hordes of challenges. Having been in improvement for 3 years, they confronted eviction from their workplace and a number of other different delays.

    Based by Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal, Pixxel grew to become the primary Indian firm to launch a industrial satellite tv for pc, ‘Shakuntala’ on Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s Falcon-9 rocket in April 2022.

    The startup “is an area information firm, constructing a constellation of hyperspectral earth imaging satellites and the analytical instruments to mine insights from that information”, in keeping with the corporate’s web site.

    Hyperspectral imaging is a method that analyses a large spectrum of sunshine as an alternative of simply assigning major colors (pink, inexperienced, blue) to every pixel. The sunshine hanging every pixel is then damaged down into a number of spectral bands to collect extra info on the picture taken. Hyperspectral imaging captures information at a whole bunch of wavelengths.

    “Our hyperspectral satellites are distinctive of their potential to supply a whole bunch of bands of knowledge with world protection at a really excessive frequency, making them best for catastrophe aid, agricultural monitoring, vitality monitoring and concrete planning purposes. They’re outfitted to beam down as much as 50 occasions extra info in unprecedented element, in comparison with different standard satellites in orbit,” mentioned Awais Ahmed to Enterprise As we speak.

    The imagery from the satellite tv for pc can be utilized to detect pest infestation, monitor crop well being, map forest fires, and establish soil stress and oil spills amongst different issues.

    The corporate desires to place a constellation of hyperspectral satellites in area sooner or later, and mine insights from area information.

    “For the following couple of years, we anticipate Anand to beam down satellite tv for pc imagery on a reasonably common foundation. We shall be utilizing it to calibrate devices and do some science experiments, particularly round agriculture, vegetation, and catastrophe response,” mentioned Khandelwal to Moneycontrol.

    PSLV’s final mission for the yr

    That is the 56th flight of the Polar Satellite tv for pc Launch Car (PSLV). It’s also the twenty fourth flight of the PSLV-XL model.

    The lift-off occurred at 11:56 AM from Satish Dhawan Area Centre in Sriharikota, at present.

    The first payload of the rocket, which is the third-generation satellite tv for pc within the Oceansat collection, was separated at Orbit-1 efficiently, mentioned ISRO. The others have been additionally injected into their meant orbits. 

    The mission took 8,271.36 seconds (simply over two hours) to finish. The target of the mission is to make sure information continuity of ocean color and wind vector information to maintain operational purposes.

    The opposite buyer satellites embrace the ISRO Nano Satellite tv for pc-2 for Bhutan (INS-2B), which has two payloads and 4 Astrocast satellites from Spaceflight.

    (Edited by Pranita Bhat)


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    ‘With ISRO’s PSLV-C54, Pixxel to shut chapter on a protracted look forward to Anand satellite tv for pc launch’ by Aihik Sur for Moneycontrol, Revealed on 25 November 2022
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