The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it has successfully launched Cartosat-3 (earth imaging and mapping satellite) and 13 commercial nanosatellites from the United States into orbit.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47, was used to launch the satellites into the Sun Synchronous Orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR.
The launch was scheduled for today at 9:28 am.
Cartosat-3 is a 3rd generation agile advanced satellite. It comes with a high-resolution imaging capability. ISRO said that the satellite will be placed in a 509 km orbit at an inclination of 97.5 degrees.
PSLV-C47 is PSLV’s 21st flight in the ‘XL’ configuration. As a part of a commercial arrangement with the NewSpace India Limited, Department of Space, it would also carry 13 commercial nanosatellites from the US.
According to ISRO, this is the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR (Sriharikota).