ISRO Successfully Launches India’s Most Complex Earth Imaging Satellite

Indian Space Research Organisation succefully launched into orbit India’s earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 Nano satellites from the U.S. The 44.4 metre tall PSLV C47 rocket carrying the mapping satellite and other commercial satellites lifted off majestically on November 27 from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

CARTOSAT-3, India’s most complex and advanced earth imaging satellite built so far, was placed into orbit 17 minutes and 46 seconds after lift-off. Further ISRO said that all the 13 nano satellites from the US were released into the orbit at 26 minutes and 56 seconds after liftoff. ISRO Chairman K Sivan said, “I am extremely happy to declare that PSLV-C47 precisely injected CARTOSAT-3 and 13 customer satellites successfully in the desired orbit of 509 kms. CARTOSAT-3 is India’s highest resolution civilian satellite, and the most complex and advanced earth obvservation satellite ISRO has built so far”. This is the pace agency’s the immediate mission after Chandrayaan 2, with whom contact was lost just minutes before it was scheduled to soft land on the South lunar surface.

On future missions, the ISRO chief said, “Our hands are full”, with 13 missions slated upto March 2020. “They combine some six launch vehicle missions and seven satellite missions”, he said.

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