ISRO Launches Cartosat-3, 13 Foreign Nano Satellites

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Nov. 19/11 – Reaching another significant milestone, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully placed its own earth imaging and mapping satellite Cartosat-3 along with 13 other nano satellites of the US to orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. 

The PSLV-C47 took off today at 9.28 am from ISRO’s launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, and released Cartosat-3 satellites along with 12 “SuperDove” satellites and one “MESHBED” communication satellite. 

CartoSAT-3 is the eighth in a series of ISRO’s indigenous Earth observation satellites built. With its highly-advanced remote sensing capability, CartoSAT-3 is a leap of advancement over its previous variant CartoSAT-2, with a wider spatial range of view and better resolution of up to 25 cm. 

If everything goes perfect according to the plan, the satellite will be placed at an altitude of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees by 27 November. 

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