Sriharikota, June 23: Earth observation Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 Nano satellites successfully launched by Indian Space Research Organization ISRO. Eyes were on this launch since its countdown kicked off from Thursday. No wonder this launch was successful as ISRO had carved itself in the history of Space Science making India proud.
Today ISRO launched Earth observation Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 Nano satellites in the 9:29 a.m. morning from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The PSLV rocket, carries the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite and co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). The 29 co-passenger nano-satellites are from 14 countries Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America and one nanosatellite from India.
ISRO said that this launch is not a regular one rather a new innovation is the idea behind the launch of Cartosat satellite and 30 nano satellite.
These foreign nano satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangement between Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO and International customers.
Advantages of Cartosat-2 series satellite:
The imageries from Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.
Objectives of Cartosat-2 series satellite
Cartosat-2 series satellite, the primary satellite of the mission is a remote sensing satellite. It is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery. Apart from taking pictures, it can also record videos from the sky. The pictures and videos would be helpful in a wide range of activities including military and civil planning.