New Delhi, June 30: On 23 June, ISRO successfully launched the PSLV-C38 mission with 31 satellites on board. The main payload was the Cartosat-2 series satellite, another “eye in the sky” for India. The images captured by the satellite will be used for defense purposes, including monitoring troop movements and finding out the locations of bunkers.
ISRO has shared images beamed back by the Cartosat 2 series satellite.
The satellites have sent the high definition images from above. The images from Cartosat satellites will be useful for the cartographic applications, coastal land use and regulations, 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.
The satellite is similar to five earlier satellites already deployed in the CartoSat 2 series. There are panchromatic and multispectral cameras on board which will be used to observe the Earth from a polar sun synchronous orbit at a height of 505 kilometers.
The orbit is similar to the orbit of the CartoSat-2D, which was launched in the PSLV-C37 mission with 104 satellites on board. The imaging instruments on board are among the most advanced used by Indian satellites, and are capable of imaging the Earth in sub-meter resolutions. The satellite improves the resolution to 0.6 meters from previous Indian satellites that could image the Earth at a resolution of 0.8 meters. The main payload alone weighs 712 kg. There are reaction wheels, magnetic torquers and Hydrazine thrusters for controlling the satellite. The planned mission duration for the satellite is five years.