India to place 'Chhota Bheem' in sky with a 'sharp eye' on Earth
New Delhi : 45th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flight from Sriharikota will place HysIS satellite, also known as 'Chhota Bheem', in the sky with another 30 small co-passenger satellites.
The PSLV will first place the Indian satellite in an orbit 636 km over the earth, then it will come down to 504 km and release the smaller satellites. The entire process will extend over 112 minutes.
HysiS, the Indian satellite, is the best-ever high-resolution Earth imaging satellite to be launched in space by India till date.
"HysIS is a very rare satellite with a super-sharp eye, and very few countries have indigenously mastered this technology," said ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan. "Many countries are trying to send such hyper-spectral cameras into space but interpreting its results is not easy."
Chhota Bheem weighs 380 kgs in weight.
Post this, India will focus on launching the India's heaviest communications satellite -- the GSAT-11 -- from Kourou in South America on December 5.