Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh: On 27 November, ISRO launched its third generation earth-imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 into space from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This is the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C47 carried the CARTOSAT-3 satellite along with 13 other commercial nano-satellites for the US.
At the successful launch, ISRO chief 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.”
According to ISRO, CARTOSAT-3 will replace the IRS series. It has a panchromatic resolution of 0.25 metres which helps in conducting satellite imaging with the highest resolution. This mission is a huge leap from the previous payloads in the CARTOSAT series, said ISRO.
The 1,600 kilograms satellite will address the increased user demand for large-scale urban planning, infrastructure development, coastal land use, rural resource and land cover.
The mission life of CARTOSAT-3 is for 5 years. The launch will enhance India as a global launch destination for small satellites using its workhorse rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.