New mission with new dream! ISRO set to launch Cartosat-3 on Nov 25

In its new venture, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47 is set to launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into Sun Synchronous orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on Nov 25.

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PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration, that is with 6 solid strap-on motors. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 09:28 IST on November 25 subject to weather conditions. This will be the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 commercial nanosatellites from the United States of America as part of commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.

What is Cartosat-3?

Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability. The satellite will be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degree. Cartosat-3 is reportedly a much more improved version from the previous Cartosat series with advanced features such as adaptive optics, acousto optical devices, in-orbit focusing using MEMs and large area light weight mirrors and advanced sense with a high-quality resolution. Potential uses include weather mapping, cartography or army defence, and strategic applications.

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Cartosat-3 is intended to replace the IRS series. It will have a panchromatic resolution of 0.25 metres and Mx of 1 metre with a high quality resolution which is a major improvement from the previous payloads in the Cartosat series.

Cartosat-3 is a much more capable satellite, having a resolution of 25 cm (10″). It uses 1.2 m optics with 60% of weight removal compared to Cartosat-2.

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Cartosat-3 was originally planned to be launched on board PSLV during 2014. However, it will be launched on 25 November 2019.

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