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

Characteristic Picture Courtesy ISRO

The Indian House Analysis Organisation (ISRO) launched the Earth Commentary 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 12 months 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 carried out a launch from Indian soil.

This comes just a few 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.

Aside from that, Hyderabad-based Dhruva house launched two Thybolt satellites. These are newbie (ham) radio communication nanosatellites, meant to supply help to radio lovers the world over.

In June 2022, Dhruva House 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 may assist Pixxel show its imaging and technical capabilities. It would view our planet intimately and supply environmental information by greater than 150 wavelengths.

For Pixxel, the launch of Anand signifies a giant 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 turned the primary Indian firm to launch a business 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 accordance with the corporate’s web site.

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

“Our hyperspectral satellites are distinctive of their capability to supply a whole bunch of bands of knowledge with international protection at a really excessive frequency, making them superb for catastrophe aid, agricultural monitoring, power 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 In the present day.

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

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

“For the subsequent couple of years, we count on Anand to beam down satellite tv for pc imagery on a reasonably common foundation. We can 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 12 months

That is the 56th flight of the Polar Satellite tv for pc Launch Car (PSLV). Additionally it is the twenty fourth flight of the PSLV-XL model.

The lift-off occurred at 11:56 AM from Satish Dhawan House Centre in Sriharikota, at this time.

The first payload of the rocket, which is the third-generation satellite tv for pc within the Oceansat sequence, 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 embody 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)


‘Spacetech start-up Pixxel to ship its third hyperspectral satellite tv for pc ‘Anand’ on ISRO rocket for Earth imaging’ by Manish Pant for Enterprise In the present day, Revealed on 21 November 2022

‘With ISRO’s PSLV-C54, Pixxel to shut chapter on a protracted anticipate Anand satellite tv for pc launch’ by Aihik Sur for Moneycontrol, Revealed on 25 November 2022
‘The Bengaluru startup that may launch its third hyperspectral imaging satellite tv for pc by way of ISRO’s PSLV’ by Oaishik Bhattacharya for The Indian Specific, Revealed on 23 November 2022

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