(The Gist of PIB) PSLV-C47 successfully launches Cartosat-3 and 13  [DECEMBER-2019]

(The Gist of PIB) PSLV-C47 successfully launches Cartosat-3 and 13


PSLV-C47 successfully launches Cartosat-3 and 13

  • India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty ninth flight (PSLV-C47), successfully launched Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors).

Key highlights:

  • Cartosat-3 satellite is a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability. The mission life of the Cartosat-3 is 5 years.
  • This is the 9th satellite of Cartosat series developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • One of Cartosat-3’s cameras offers a ground resolution of 25 cm. Currently, WorldView-3, a satellite owned by U.S. company Maxar, has the best ground resolution of 31 cm. An existing policy allows only government and government authorised agencies to access ISRO’s high-resolution imageries below a resolution of 1 m.
  • At 1,625 kg, Cartosat-3 is unusually heavy and more than double the mass of the previous eight in its class.
  • 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.

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