India launches Cartosat-3 and 13 nanosatellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C47) has successfully launched Cartosat-3 along with 13 nanosatellites of USA from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

Cartosat-3 was successfully injected into a sun synchronous orbit of 509 km. Subsequently, the 13 nanosatellites were injected into their intended orbits. After separation, solar arrays of Cartosat-3 were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite.

“Cartosat-3 is the most complex and advanced earth observation satellite built by ISRO,” said Dr. K. Sivan, chairman, ISRO.

Cartosat-3 will address the increased user’s demands for large scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover, etc.

PSLV-C47 was the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors). This was the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota and 9th satellite of Cartosat series.


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