Isro to launch last PSLV mission of 2022: When and where to watch EOS-06 mission
This will be the 56th flight of the PSLV from India and the fifth and final launch for the vehicle in 2022.
- The satellite will be deployed in the sun-synchronous orbit
- They are synchronized to always be in the same fixed position relative to Sun
- Isro is launching a total of nine satellites into space on Saturday
By India Today Web Desk: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is set to launch the final mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for the year. The PSLV-C54 mission will lift off from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota with nine satellites, which include 8 nanosatellites.
This will be the 56th flight of the PSLV from India and the fifth and final launch of the vehicle in 2022. The 44.4 meter rocket will launch with a lift-off mass of 321 tonnes with its primary satellite being the Earth Observation Satellite-6, also dubbed the Oceansat-3.
The satellite will be deployed in the sun-synchronous orbit, which is a kind of polar orbit where satellites traveling over the polar regions are synchronous with the Sun. This means they are synchronized to always be in the same fixed position relative to the Sun. According to the European Space Agency, the sun-synchronous orbit ensures that the satellite always visits the same spot at the same local time.
WHEN WILL ISRO LAUNCH PSLV-C54?
The PSLV-C54 mission with Oceansat-3 is scheduled to launch from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11:56 am on Saturday. The 24th Flight of the PSLV-XL version will separate the primary satellite in Orbit-1 following which an orbit change is planned using two Orbit Change Thrusters (OCTs) introduced in the Propulsion Bay Ring of the PSLV-C54 Vehicle.
HOW TO WATCH ISRO PSLV-C54 LAUNCH?
As Isro launches the final PSLV mission of the year, we will bring you all the details of the mission and the developments in the minutes following the launch. You can follow all the developments at India Today Science.
Meanwhile, Isro is also conducting a live stream of the launch. You can follow the Live Stream here.
WHAT IS ISRO LAUNCHING WITH PSLV-C54?
Isro is launching a total of nine satellites into space on Saturday, which includes the primary satellite EOS-06 and eight nanosatellites that have been developed by private companies and also jointly by India and Bhutan. The Earth Observation Satellite-06 is the third-generation satellite in the Oceansat series and is designed to provide continuity services of Oceansat-2 spacecraft with enhanced payload specifications as well as application areas.
Meanwhile, Isro will launch ISRO Nano Satellite-2 for Bhutan (INS-2B) spacecraft with the PSLV-C54 mission. INS-2B will have two payloads, namely NanoMx and APRS-Digipeater. PSLV-C-54 will also carry Anand, a technology demonstrator nano satellite, which is aimed at demonstrating the capabilities and commercial applications of miniaturized earth-observation cameras.