An image of PSLV-C52 launch with EOS-04 Satellite (Photo/ISRO)
New Delhi: Seven satellites are likely to be launched by ISRO during the current year, said MoS Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on March 31, 2022.
The Minister said ISRO has successfully launched the earth observation satellite EOS-4 onboard PSLV-C52 on 14th February, 2022 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, along with INS-2TD & INSPIRESat-1 as co-passengers.
The Satellites were injected into the polar sun-synchronous orbit at 524.84 km altitude, he said.
Dr. Singh further added that EOS-4 is a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite for Earth Observation, operating in C-band at 5.4 GHz frequency, for applications in the domains of agriculture, disaster management, water resources and forestry.
INS-2TD is the first satellite of the 2nd generation nanosatellites intended to demonstrate indigenously developed Nanosystems for in-orbit performance.
INSPIRESat-1 is a student satellite of the class 9U, jointly developed by the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram, India, and the Laboratory of Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, the USA, to study the Ionosphere dynamics and sun’s coronal heating processes.
The Minister said, currently, the satellites are undergoing various in-orbit tests and calibrations and subsequently, the data available from the satellites will be used for achieving the mission objectives, during the designated mission life. The total time taken to realize the satellite is 63 months from the date of financial sanction and the expenditure towards the realization of a satellite is nearly Rs. 490 crore. (Press Release)