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India Places Cartosat-3 Into Orbit, ISRO Records 310 Foreign Satellite Launch-mark

ISRO, by successfully demonstrating its unique and cost-effective technologies, has gained a place among the elite space agencies in the world over the years. The first Indian satellite, Aryabhata, was built by the ISRO and launched with the help of the Soviet Union on April 19, 1975. Since then ISRO has never taken its step back, in fact, it has come so far that it is now being counted in one of the best space agencies.

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India on Wednesday successfully placed into orbit its own earth observation satellite – Cartosat-3 – and 13 American nanosatellites in a textbook style.

In the process, India crossed the milestone of putting into orbit 300 foreign satellites. By putting the 13 American nanosatellites into orbit, India to date has launched a total of 310 foreign satellites for a fee. Meanwhile, Cartosat-3, India’s new earth observation satellite up in the sky will send sharp clarity images for urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover and also for strategic/defense purposes.

The Indian space agency officials said they would supply the required images for various agencies. It is for the user agent to decide on the image use.

The images captured by the satellite can also be used for surveillance purposes while ISRO is silent on this aspect.

The satellite’s payload has the capability of taking sharp pictures with a ground resolution of 0.25 meter in Panchromatic and 1metre ground resolution or ground sample distance (GSD) in 4 Band Multispectral modes with a swath of 16 km, said ISRO.

The Indian space agency also said Cartosat-3 has many new technologies/elements like highly agile structural platform, payload platform, higher rate data handling, and transmission systems, advanced onboard computer and new power electronics, dual gimbal antenna, and others.

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“Extremely happy to declare PSLV-C47 precisely injected Cartosat-3 and 13 customer satellites in their desired orbit. Cartosat-3 is India’s highest resolution civilian spacecraft that ISRO has built so far,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said.

He said ISRO has planned 13 missions during this fiscal – six launch vehicle missions and 7 satellite missions before March 2020. At about 9.28 a.m. the rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) standing around 44.4 meters tall and weighing about 320 tons with a one-way ticket hurtled itself towards the skies ferrying Cartosat-3.

Sharing the ride with Cartosat-3 were 13 nanosatellites from the USA for an undisclosed fee to be paid to NewSpace India Ltd – the new commercial arm of ISRO.

With the fierce orange flame at its tail further brightening up the morning skies, the rocket slowly gathered speed and went up and up enthralling the people at the rocket port while the rocket’s engine noise like a rolling thunder adding to the thrill.

About 17 minutes into the flight the rocket ejected Cartosat-3 into an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees.

Soon after, the first of the American nanosatellites was put into orbit. The final nanosatellite was ejected into its intended orbit at about 27 minutes from the rocket’s lift-off.

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According to ISRO, 12 of the US nanosatellites are named FLOCK-4P are earth observation satellites and the 13th is called MESHBED, a communication testbed satellite.

The PSLV-XL is a four-stage/engine expendable rocket powered by solid and liquid fuels alternatively. The rocket has six strap-on booster motors to give additional thrust during the initial flight stages.

The launch success comes as a soothing agent for ISRO after its high profile moon lander Vikram crashed into the lunar surface on September 7, 2019. (IANS)

ISRO is setting benchmarks for all other space agencies, from the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission made India only the fourth country in the world to reach the Martian orbit. ISRO has many other records PSLV-C37 Successfully Launches 104 Satellites in a Single Flight.

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