Shakuntala Satellite Launched


  • A 15kg Indian commercial satellite 'Shakuntala' was launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as part of its Transporter-4 mission.
  • The satellite was designed and built in India by an Indian Spacetech start-up Pixxel. 'Shakuntala' is their first commercial satellite.
  • The satellite is capable of capturing orbital images in more than 150 bands of colour from the visible and infrared spectrum with a resolution of 10-metres per pixel that exceeds the specificity of 30-metre per pixel hyperspectral satellites.
  • Pixxel's next satellite ‘Anand’ to be launched through ISRO's PSLV rocket. The company is planning to launch 20 hyperspectral imaging satellites in orbit by early 2024.

Facts to know:


  • Pixxel, a aerospace company was established in 2019.
  • Headquarters of Pixxel: Bengaluru.
  • CEO of Pixxel: Mr.Awais Ahmed.
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