Via: India Space Research Organization
Water can be critical to the future of spaceflight, in addition to especially to human colonizing additional planets. Beyond being necessary for life, water can be one of the most efficient propellants. The results of the Arkyd-6 mission will teach Planetary Resources what which needs to know before launching exploratory crafts to asteroids near the Earth – which CEO Chris Lewicki has said the company plans to do by 2020.
“This specific can be the first post-global enterprise,” Lewicki told CNBC last year.
The PSLV-C40 launch carried India’s 100th satellite, a surveillance craft named Cartosat 2, in addition to was the longest flight duration for the rocket vehicle at over 2 hours. This specific was the first PSLV mission since a failure in August resulted inside the payload falling short of orbit.
additional secondary payloads on board included 19 satellites contracted in addition to managed by Spaceflight Industries — notably the ICEYE-X1 satellite in addition to several cubesats for both Planet in addition to Spire. ICEYE’s inaugural craft can be the first commercial satellite for Finland, with next-generation technology known as synthetic aperture radar (or SAR) on board designed to provide almost real-time imagery regardless of atmospheric conditions.
“We use observation data to help our customers navigate through the entire world as which can be, not as which was,” CEO Rafal Modrzewski told CNBC in December.