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ISRO’s PSLV-C36 Launches RESOURCESAT-2A Remote Sensing Satellite

New Delhi: ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C36) on its thirty-sixth flight successfully launched the 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A Satellite today morning on December 07, 2016, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty seventh consecutively successful mission of PSLV.

The lift-off took place at 10:25 am IST from the First Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage. Subsequently important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, payload fairing separation, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and cut-off, took place as planned. After a flight of 17 minutes 05 seconds, the vehicle achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 824 km height inclined at an angle of 98.725 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and 47 seconds later, RESOURCESAT-2A was separated from the PSLV fourth stage.

According to ISRO, After separation, the two solar arrays of RESOURCESAT-2A deployed automatically and ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide imagery from its three cameras. The data sent by RESOURCESAT-2A will be useful for agricultural applications like crop area and crop production estimation, drought monitoring, soil mapping, cropping system analysis and farm advisories generation.

Like its predecessors RESOURCESAT-1 and 2, RESOURCESAT-2A has a unique 3-Tier imaging system with Advanced Wide Field Sensor (AWiFS), Linear Imaging Self Scanner-3 (LISS-3) and Linear Imaging Self Scanner-4 (LISS-4) cameras. The AWiFS provides images with a sampling of 56 metres, a swath of 740 km and a revisit of 5 days whereas the LISS-3 provides 23.5 metre sampled images with 141 km swath and a repitivity of 24 days. LISS-4 provides 5.8 metre sampled images with 70 km swath and a revisit of 5 days.

With today’s launch, the PSLV has yet again demonstrated its reliability. The total number of satellites launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV including today’s RESOURCESAT-2A has now reached 122, of which 43 are Indian and the remaining 79 are from abroad.


Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Holds Meeting to Review Cyclone Preparedness


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday chaired a review meeting on the preparedness to handle eventuality arising from likelihood of cyclone Kyant hitting Odisha coast. The Chief Secretary, DGP, Director Regional Meteorological Department, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Secretaries of the departments of Revenue, Food, Energy, Agriculture & Rural Development, NDRF, Fire and ODRAF representatives were also present in the meeting.

Regional Director Meteorological department informed in the meeting that the deep depression has turned into cyclone ‘Kyant’, which is lying 715 km away off the Gopalpur coast of Odisha. And currently it is moving in north-west direction and is likely to reach west-central Bay of Bengal.

Chief Minister also interacted with the 14 Collectors likely to be affected districts via video conference and directed them to be on alert. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra briefing the reporters after the meeting said, the official holidays stand cancelled and the government staff have been asked to remain in field on October 29 and 30 to keep a close watch on the situation. The Collectors have also been asked to take measures to keep the harvested crop covered as rain is expected under the influence of the cyclonic storm. He also informed that the meteorological department’s prediction suggests that the cyclone is moving towards Andhra Pradesh.

According to a cyclone update bulletin released by Indian Meteorological department, “the deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal moved further west-northwestwards in past 03 hours, intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘KYANT’ and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of 25 th October, 2016 over east-central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 17.0º N and Longitude 91.2º E, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 710 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 850 km east of Vishakhapatnam The system will move initially west-northwestwards and then west to west-southwestwards towards westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours.”

During this time squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to commence along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards.

Cyclone Likely to Hit Odisha Coast; CM Patnaik Calls Meeting on Oct 25 to Review Preparedness

Bhubaneswar: The Meteorological department at Bhubaneswar has confirmed that a cyclonic storm is likely to head towards Odisha coast within a couple of days. Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, MET office Bhubaneswar said, the deep depression which is likely to take shape of a cyclone will have an impact on coastal Odisha on October 27 and 28.

In the bulletin released by IMD on October 24 says “The deep depression over east central Bay of Bengal slightly moved northwards and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of 24 October, 2016 over east central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 16.5º N and Longitude 93.2º E, about 540 km north-northeast of Port Blair and 320 km west-southwest of Yangon. The system is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours. It will move initially north-northwestwards and then northwestwards. It is very likely to reach northwest Bay of Bengal in the morning of 27. October, 2016”.

In a likelihood of the Cylone Kyant heading towards coastal Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to review the preparedness of the State to face any eventuality arising out of the cyclone hitting the coast.

In an advisory issued by Special Relief commissioner PK Mohapatra has asked the farmers to keep the harvested crops covered and also not to panic as it may not impact Odisha and is likely to move towards the coast of Bangladesh.

Mohapatra also said that the department is also in constant touch with the IMD, New Delhi for updates. And the district collectors of the coastal districts have been asked to remain alert to face any untoward situation. The fishermen have also been asked not to venture out in the sea.

Hirakud Releases Flood Waters for Second Time this Monsoon Season

Bhubaneswar: As a result of rise in water level in the Hirakud dam reservoir due to heavy rains in the upper catchment areas, two sluice gates were opened on September 7 to release excess water of the dam.

Very heavy rainfall at the upper catchment area of Mahanadi River in Chhattisgarh due to low pressure pushed the water levels up in the reservoir overnight which led to the release of water. According to the officials at the dam, they have opened two gates and after reviewing the situation a decision will be taken whether or not to open more gates.

Around 63,985 cusecs of water entered the reservoir while 23,332 cusecs water was released through spillways, the official added.

Earlier in the last month to be specific on August 5, the dam had released its first flood waters. The dam released 2,75,993 cusecs of water through 17 sluice gates on August 18. As the water level began to fall all gates of the dam were closed on August 22.

Paradip Port to have 20 MW Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant

New Delhi: The Minister of State for Shipping, Pon. Radhakrishnan informed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that the Government  proposes to implement utility-scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant projects at various major ports across the country. The funds for establishment of solar power projects are arranged by the major ports from their own resources and no funds have been released from the Ministry.

The ministry will follow the objectives of being part of the Green Port Initiative and contribute to reduction in carbon emissions and consequently improving environment. The minister also informed that it will reduce cost of power purchased from grid by utilization of solar power for power generation and will also meet with Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) as mandated by State Governments.

The details, objectives and present status of  Solar Power  Projects, Port-wise, as given by the ministry is




Ports Total capacity proposed (MW) Commissioned till date/ present status (MW) Balance to be comm. by Mar’17 (MW) Planned for commissioning in FY 2017-18 and later (MW)
1 Vizag Port 15 6.25 3.75
2 Paradip Port 20 10
3 Kolkata Port 2.32 0.01 0.15 2.16
4 New Mangalore Port 11.19 0.35 4.84
5 Kamrajar Port 2 0.24
6 V.O. Chidam- baranar Port 5.5 5.5
7 Kandla Port 0.175 0.175
8 Chennai Port 0.5 0.1 0.4
9 Mumbai Port 0.605 0.125 0.48
10 Cochin Port 0.15 0.15
11 Mormugao Port 0.2 0.2
12 Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust 25 25
Total 82.64 6.84 15.885 37.16