Resourcesat-2 satellite launch in January: ISRO

ISRO will launch Resourcesat-2 advanced remote sensing satellite on board home-made PSLV rocket in January.

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2010, 21:21 PM IST

Bangalore: India`s premier space agency ISRO will launch Resourcesat-2 advanced remote sensing satellite on board home-made PSLV rocket in January.

The Bangalore-headquartered space agency held a mission readiness review in the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh today during which ISRO Chairman K
Radhakrishnan and top ISRO officials were present.

The standard PSLV-C16, with six strap-on boosters, would carry Resourcesat-2, auxiliary spacecraft of Youthsat and X-sat.

Resourcesat-2 is a follow on mission to Resourcesat-1 to provide data continuity. Resourcesat-1, launched in October 2003, has outlived its designed mission life of five years and is working satisfactorily, ISRO sources said.

Youthsat, a microsatellite, is a participatory scientific mission with a payload from Russia and two from India. It is a micro satellite carrying scientific payloads.
X-sat is Singapore`s first indigenous satellite.

Meanwhile, ISRO is slated to hold tomorrow a mission readiness review vis-a-vis GSLV mission, which is expected in the last week of December. GSLV would carry on board GSAT-5P, an exclusive C-band communication satellite with a designedmission life of 12 years.

PTI