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US nanosatellites ride on India’s Cartosat-3

Satellite to generate high resolution images


Satellite to generate high resolution images


Department of Space/PIB.

Thirteen nanosatellites of the United States are riding on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle which was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on 27 Nov 2019.

PSLV-C47, Cartosat-3, on its 49 flight, 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.

In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.

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

It is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability.

The mission life of the Cartosat-3 is 5 years. 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 is 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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