ISRO's PSLV-C43 launches earth observation satellite HysIS from Sriharikota. Along with HysIS, 30 other satellites from eight different countries were also launched. HysIS (Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite) combines the power of digital imaging and spectroscopy. HysIS ia an advanced earth observation satellite that weighs 380 kg. HysIS has a mission life of 5 years i.e. will provide earth observation service till 2023. This is the first time a full-fledged hyperspectral imaging satellite has been launched. Besides earth observation, HysIS will also be used by the military for surveillance purpose. The satellite applications include agriculture, forestry, assessment of coastal zones, inland water studies, soil surveys, environmental studies, detection of pollution from industries and other geological environments.