New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C47) missile loaded with advanced Earth observation satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with US’ 13 nanosatellites lifted off from the second launch pad of the rocket port from Sriharikota on Wednesday. The satellite was launched at about 9:28 am in the morning.

After the launch, ISRO Chief Dr. K Sivan said, “I am happy that PSLV-C47 injected precisely in the orbit with 13 other satellites. Cartosat-3 is the highest resolution civilian satellite; We have 13 missions up to March- 6 large vehicle missions and 7 satellite missions”.

About 17 minutes into its flight, the PSLV rocket first catapulted into orbit Cartosat-3. At about a minute later, the first of the 13 US nanosatellites were successfully placed into their designated orbit. The final nanosatellite will be ejected into its intended orbit at 26 minutes and 50 seconds from the lift-off of the PSLV rocket. Once the mission turns successful, India would have launched 310 foreign satellites. 


According to ISRO, the launch happened normally despite a clouded sky. The space agency also states that the 1,625 kg Cartosat-3 is an advanced agile satellite to obtain panchromatic and multispectral imagery with an operational life of five years. The payload onboard the satellite can take high-definition pictures with a ground resolution of 0.25 meter in Panchromatic and 1-meter ground resolution or ground sample distance (GSD) in 4 Band Multispectral modes with a swath of 16 km.

The Indian space agency also said Cartosat-3 has many new technologies/elements like highly agile structural platform, payload platform, higher rate data handling, and transmission systems, advanced onboard computer and new power electronics, dual gimbal antenna among others. 

The CARTOSAT-3 is scheduled to be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees. The satellite can furnish images that can help in the demand for urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover and also for strategic/defence purposes. 

Sharing the ride with Cartosat-3 were 13 nanosatellites from the USA for an undisclosed fee to be paid to NewSpace India Ltd -- the new commercial arm of ISRO. 

According to ISRO, 12 of the US nanosatellites are named FLOCK-4P are earth observation satellites and the 13th is called MESHBED, a communication testbed satellite. The PSLV-XL is a four-stage/engine expendable rocket powered by solid and liquid fuels alternatively. The rocket has six strap-on booster motors to give additional thrust during the initial flight stages.




(With IANS Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan