ISRO launches PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 nanosatellites


SRIHARIKOTA: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 US nanosatellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre here on Wednesday.

At about 9.28 am, the 44.4 metres tall, weighing 320-ton PSLV-C47 rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the country’s rocket port here.
According to the space research organisation, the second stage performance of the launch was normal despite a clouded sky.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan remained present during the launch.
Following the launch, ISRO tweeted:
"PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 USA nanosatellites lift-off from Sriharikota."
According to ISRO, the 1,625 kg Cartosat-3 is an advanced agile satellite to obtain panchromatic and multispectral imagery with an operational life of five years.
Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability.
“The payload has the capability of take sharp pictures with a ground resolution of 0.25 metre in Panchromatic and 1-metre ground resolution or ground sample distance (GSD) in 4 Band Multispectral modes with a swath of 16 km”, said ISRO.
As per the report, 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 and others.
Cartosat-3 satellite will be placed in an orbit of 509 kilometres at an inclination of 97.5 degrees.
The Cartosat-3 will furnish images that cater to the demand of urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover and also for strategic/defence purposes.

With inputs from Agency

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