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ISRO achieves a new milestone with the launch of HysIS 

Satellite launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. (File photo) Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 29, 2018, 03.21 PM (IST)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched an earth observation satellite Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) on Thursday at around 10 am.

The satellite was launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its 45th flight PSLV-C43 along with 30 co-passenger satellites from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR Sriharikota.

The primary mission of the HysIS is to study the earth's surface in visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Besides this, the satellite is also designed to contribute to agriculture, forestry, geological environments, coastal zones and inland waters.

A media report also cited an ISRO offcial as saying that the earth observation satellite will help in monitoring air pollution from industries.

With the launch of HysIS India has crossed the milestone of lifting and putting into orbit over 250 foreign satellites. India has till date put into orbit 269 foreign satellites.

Satellites of eight different countries including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Columbia, Finland, Netherlands, Spain, USA were launched along with the HysIS. 

One of the important features of the launch is that the satellite was put in two different orbits, one at a higher altitude and the others in a lower one.

(With inputs from agencies)