What is the India-Bhutan Satellite?

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Overview:

The ground station of the India-Bhutan Satellite, which has been built in Thimpu, was recently inaugurated.

About India-Bhutan Satellite:

  • It is also known as the ISRO Nano Satellite 2 for Bhutan (INS-2B).
  • It was launched as a payload on ISRO's PSLV C54 rocket on November 26, 2022.
  • It has been jointly developed by scientists from both countries.
  • The satellite contains two payloads:
    • NanoMx multispectral optical imager: It is developed by India's Space Applications Centre (SAC). It will provide high-resolution images to Bhutan for its natural resources management.
    • Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) repeater: It is jointly developed by Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) Bhutan and ISRO's UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) to serve the amateur radio community, relaying realtime information about the region.

 


Q1) What is ISROs PSLV C54 Mission?

PSLV-C54 mission placed nine satellites, including an Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-06) in multiple orbits.The eight nano satellites include ISRO Nano Satellite-2 for Bhutan (INS-2B), Anand, Astrocast (four satellites), and two Thybolt satellites. Notably, EOS-6 is the Oceansat series’ third-generation satellite. This is the 56th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the 24th flight of the PSLV-XL version with 6 PSOM-Xls.

Source: India-Bhutan satellite ground station inaugurated at Thimphu