NEW DELHI || The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday hit a milestone of launching 300 foreign satellites as the heavy rocket PSLV-C47 carrying 14 satellites – one from India and 13 from the US – blasted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh in the morning.
The Cartosat-3 is an agile satellite that can take high-resolution photos of the Earth. It was placed into orbit 509 km from the Earth, the ISRO said. The mission life of Cartosat-3 is five years.
The Cartosat-3 Earth-imaging satellite, which weighs a little over 1,600 kg, will help its users in planning for large-scale urban projects, rural resource and infrastructure development and keeping track of coastal and land cover.
The cargo includes 13 commercial nano-satellites from the US, which the space agency agreed to launch under a deal with NewSpace India Limited, ISRO said on its website.
This was the 21st flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in “XL” configuration – with six solid strap-on motors, according to ISRO, and was the 74th launch vehicle mission from the space centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
Among the 13 nano-satellites from the US is Flock-4P, which will map the Earth.