India successfully launched PSLV-C16 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota on April 20, 2011.
The spacecraft injected the following three satellites into an 822 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO):
- RESOURCESAT-2 weighing 1206 kg
- Indo-Russian YOUTHSAT weighing 92 kg
- Singapore’s X-SAT weighing 106 kg
RESOURCESAT-2 is a replacement to RESOURCESAT-1 (launched on October 17, 2003) and is the eighteenth Remote Sensing satellite built by ISRO. It also carries a AIS (Automatic Identification System) payload developed by COMDEV, Canada for ship surveillance in VHF band to derive position, speed and other information about ships.
COM DEV International in their press report have said “This is the most advanced satellite-based AIS payload ever launched. We expect it to generate more than 1 million AIS messages per day, utilizing our ground-based message processing technology, as it orbits the globe every 90 minutes”.
View a video clip from You Tube: AIS (Automatic Identification System)
- RESOURCESAT-2 from ISRO.
- Satellite AIS (S-AIS) detection technology from exactEarth.
- COM DEV press release: exactEarth announces successful launch of satellite.
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