India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle which was launched on November 29, 2018 is functioning just fine in the center for operating satellites in Palm Bay, Florida. It is capable of sending and receiving all possible information. It is the first small satellite of only 6 unit cubesat.
Vice President and General Manager of Harris Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Murali Krishnan has expressed deep enthusiasm for the achievement and has looked towards this as an “end-to-end” solution. Previously, Harris just made sensors and components for spacecrafts. It is their first successful attempt at building an entire spacecraft. Harris, has therefore, come up with small satellites for its customers rather than focusing on developing an entirely new business model. Krishnan added that this will surely satisfy the customers more in terms of agility, flexibility and a solution that they can easily afford.
Besides working on HSAT, Harris is currently working on several other smaller satellites to astound their customers with wonders that they are capable of building. Not all the information would be disclosed at the moment, however, with all these new endeavors Harris is learning a lot and is ready to achieve new milestones in the journey.
HSAT belongs to the group of 30 smaller satellites that was launched on Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. HSAT which has been crafted for portraying extreme flexibility is actually capable of receiving orders from the company to follow up things in a different way and come up with newer results. HSAT has been funded by Harris Corporation for internal research work. The exact figures in funding have not been revealed, but Krishnan explained that Harris is ready to bear as much as $125 million for all the research work and internal development purpose. Everyone in the team is quite impressed with the research work so far.