ISRO Successfully Launches Cartosat-3 and 13 USA’s Nanosatellite by PSLV-C47

The Indian Space research Organization (ISRO) launched the advanced earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 other commercial nano-satellites for the USA on 27th November 2019. CARTOSAT-3 was launched from the second launch pad at the Salish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota at the scheduled time of 9:28 AM.

It was the ninth in the series and the 74th launch vehicle mission from the SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C47 carried the CARTOSAT-3 satellite along with the other commercial nano-satellites for the US.

About CARTOSAT-3

  • It is a third-generation agile satellite with high-resolution imaging capabilities.
  • The satellite will replace the IRS series, according to ISRO. The CARTOSAT-3 has a panchromatic resolution of 0.25 metres, which helps it conduct satellite imaging with the highest resolution. The space research organization said this mission is a huge leap from the previous payloads in the CARTOSAT series.
  • The CARTOSAT-3, with an overall mass of over 1,600 kilograms, will address the increased user demand for large-scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover. The mission life of CARTOSAT-3 would be for five years.
  • The satellite would be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degree.
  • ISRO had earlier postponed the scheduled launch of the PSLV-C47 carrying CARTOSAT-3 from 25th to 27th However, no reasons were provided by ISRO for the postponement.

SOURCE: India Today, www.isro.gov.in



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