EUSI_Banner 2021 April

India Launched CartoSat-3 Earth Observation Satellite And 13 Rideshare Payloads

PSLV-C47 / Cartosat-3 Liftoff; Credits: ISRO

On 27 November 2019, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty ninth flight (PSLV-C47), successfully launched Cartosat-3 along with 13 Nanosatellites from the United States from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

PSLV-C47 lifted-off at 0928 Hrs (IST) from the Second Launch Pad. After 17 minutes and 38 seconds, 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.

“Cartosat-3 is the most complex and advanced earth observation satellite built by ISRO,” Dr. Sivan said. He further added that it was a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability.

The mission life of the Cartosat-3 is five years. 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.

The 13 rideshare nanosatellites included twelve from commercial Earth observation company Planet, and one testbed nanosatellite from Analytical Space.

ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan congratulated and complimented the launch vehicle and satellite teams involved in the mission. He also acknowledged the support from Indian Industry.

PSLV-C47 was the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors). This was the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota and the ninth satellite of the Cartosat series.

About 5000 visitors witnessed the launch live from the Viewer’s Gallery in Sriharikota.

Check Also

#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Toward a decision-intelligent process to assess collision risks in space

Many of us were made aware of an alleged near-miss between two satellites in low earth orbit, one operated by SpaceX and the other by OneWeb. With the growing number of participants in the space domain, the issues of coordination and planning of space activities, as well as the development of common space operation practices, protocols, or norms of behavior are increasingly critical.