India Crosses 300 Foreign Satellite Launch Mark, Launch of Cartosat-3 and 13 USA’s Nanosatellite by PSLV-C47
SRIHARIKOTA: India successfully launched the PSLV-C 47 rocket on Wednesday November 27, 2019 at 9:28 am. With this, India has crossed the milestone of launching 300 foreign satellites when its rocket polar satellite launch vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) enters 13 nano satellites from the US.
All 13 satellites were successfully launched into orbit at 9:55 am as per target.
See the launch of Cartosat-3 and 13 USA nanosatellites by PSLV-C47 below:
The main items of the US satellite rocket are padded on India’s advanced Earth observation satellite Cartosat-3. So far India has entered the orbit of 297 foreign satellites with its PSLV rocket.
As the PSLV rocket orbits 13 American Nano satellites on Wednesday, the total number of foreign satellites launched by India will touch 310.
The 1,625 kg Cartosat-3, India’s new Earth observation satellite will send sharp and clear images for urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover and also for strategic / defense purposes.
Indian Space Agency officials said they would supply the necessary images for various agencies. It is for the user agency to decide on image usage.
Satellite-captured images can also be used for surveillance purposes while ISRO is silent on this aspect. ISRO said that the satellite’s payload has the capability to take sharp images with a distance of 0.25 m in Panchromatic and 16 km with 1 m ground resolution or ground sample distance (GSD).
The Indian Space Agency also said, Cartosat-3 has many new technologies / elements such as highly agile structural platforms, transmission systems, payload platforms, and high-rate data handling, new power electronics and advanced onboard computers, dual gimbal antenna and others.
The PSLV-XL rocket stands 44.4 meters long and weighs around 320 tons with a one-of-a-kind stamp, which will fly itself toward the skies crossing Cartosat-3 and American satellites. In about 17 minutes of flight, the rocket will land the Cartosat-3 in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees.
Shortly thereafter, the first American Nano satellites will be placed in orbit. The final nano satellite will be launched into its intended orbit in about 27 minutes from the rocket’s lift-off. According to ISRO, 12 of the US nano satellites, named FLOCK-4P, are Earth observation satellites and the 13th is called the communications test bed satellite MESHBED.
The PSLV-XL is a four-stage / engine spendable rocket optionally powered by solid and liquid fuel. The rocket has six strap-on booster motors that provide additional thrust during the initial flight stages.