Chennai, Nov 18 : After a somewhat long gap, the Indian Space Agency is all set for its new mission, when it is slated to launch the advanced remote sensing satellite CARTOSTAT-3, along with 13 commercial satellites, tentatively scheduled for November 25 from the spaceport of Sriharikota.
ISRO sources said that it was back to launching operational satellites this month. ISRO's workshorse launch vehicle PSLV will be sending up in space Cartosat-3 in to a 509-km-high orbit on Monday next.
The same PSLV-C47 rocket has been designed to ferry into space 13 small commercial U.S. satellites. The Cartosat-3, weighing around 1,500 kg, is the first of the third generation advanced high resolution earth imaging satellites.
It will be placed in an orbital inclination of 97.5 degrees. Though Chandrayaan-2, the lunar orbiting-landing probe, was launched on July 22, ISRO’s previous regular working satellite was RISAT-2B, launched on May 22.
“The PSLV-C47 will launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nano satellites into a sun synchronous orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 0928 hrs on Nov 25 subject to weather conditions,” ISRO said. (UNI)