ISRO is all set to launch another mapping satellite and the countdown for the launch of CARTOSAT-3, earth imaging and mapping satellite as well as 13 other nano-satellites from the US has begun. The launch of CARTOSAT-3 satellite, which happens to be ninth in the series, will be from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, at 09:28 am on November 27, i.e. tomorrow.
Talking about the weather conditions, rains won’t make an appearance with skies remaining clear, aiding for the launch.
The PSLV-C47 will be on its 49th mission carrying the CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 commercial nano-satellites from the United States. A third generation advanced satellite, CARTOSAT-3 has a high-resolution imaging capability and its mission life will be five years.
CARTOSAT-3 weighs 1625 kgs, and will address the increased demands of users for large scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover.
As said by ISRO, the PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the 'XL' configuration. As a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Ltd, it will also carry 13 commercial nano-satellites from the United States.
In the 13 nano-satellites, there are 12 FLOCK-4P, whose mission objective is the observation of the earth. Meanwhile, the 13th is called MESHBED, whose objective happens to be a communication test bed.
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