ISRO will be launching the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-16 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on April 20. PSLV C-16 will launch 3 satellites namely, the advanced remote sensing satellite called the Resourcesat-2, Youthsat and X-Sat.
It is interesting to note that, C-16 is PSLV's eighteenth flight. In this flight, with the standard version of PSLV, 16 solid strap-on motors are used. PSLV has become a versatile vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs as well as Low Earth Orbits and Geosynchronous Transfer Orbits.
Resourcesat-2 is on a follow up mission after Resourcesat-1 by continuing to provide remote sensing data services to global users and data with enhanced multi-spectral and spatial coverage. Overall important changes are: Enhancement of LISS-4 multispectral swath from 23 km to 70 km and improved radiometric accuracy.
YouthSAT is an Indo-Russian satellite for stellar and atmospheric studies with the participation of students from graduate as well as post-graduate level. The goal of YouthSAT is to investigate the relationship between solar variability and thermosphere-lonosphere changes. There satellite carries 3 payloads, of which 2 are Indian (RaBIT and LiVHySI) and 1 Russian (SOLRAD).
Finally the X-SAT is a Singapore's first ever mini satellite. It has a multispectral camera IRIS as its primary payload. It's on a mission to demonstrate technologies related to satellite based remote sensing and onboard image processing.
The launch of PSLV C-16 is going to be another feather in ISRO's Cap. All eyes set towards it's successful launch.
News Source: ISRO