ISRO has successfully deployed the 380 kg Hyper spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) earth imaging satellite with its "workhorse" rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The mission, designated PSLV-C43 was launched from the first launch pad (FLP) at the Satish Dhawan Space Cenre (SDSC) at ISRO's launch complex in Sriharikota. The rocket achieved lift off at 5:58 am on Thursday, 29 November 2018 after a 28 hour countdown. It was a textbook launch with all 31 satellites on board separating from the launch vehicle within 2 hours. The rocket was flown in the "core alone" configuration, without the six additional strap on boosters, known as the "XL" configuration. The core alone version is the lightest that the PSLV can get, and the PSLV-43 mission is the thirteenth flight of the rocket in this configuration. The primary payload, HysIS is a multispectral Earth observation (EO) satellite, and was injected into a polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO) at an altitude of 636 km. 30 co-passenger satellites from 8 countries piggybacked on the ride, and were also placed into orbit.
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