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.
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