The Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday launched an advanced earth observation satellite from its Satish Dhawan Space centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The Cartosat-3, third generation satellite, was launched along with 13 nano satellites of client United States by the work horse Polar Vehicle Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
An ISRO release said the 44.4m tall PSLV-C47 lifted-off at 0928 hrs from the Second Launch Pad and after 17 minutes and 38 seconds, the 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.In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration, the release said.
Congratulating the scientists while addressing them at the mission control, ISRO chairman K Sivan said Cartosat-3 is the most complex and advanced earth observation satellite with highest resolution built by ISRO so far.
The Cartosat-3, which will be alive for five years, will be used for urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover, etc.
Looking ahead, Sivan said: “We have 13 missions lined up to March 2020''. They include six rocket launches and seven satellite launches”.