Press Release - PSLV-C47 successfully launches Cartosat-3 and 13 Commercial
nanosatellites into Sun Synchronous Polar Orbit
Today, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty ninth flight
(PSLV-C47), successfully launched Cartosat-3 along with 13 Nanosatellites of
USA from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
PSLV-C47 lifted-off at 0928 Hrs (IST) from the Second Launch Pad. After 17
minutes and 38 seconds, Cartosat-3 was successfully injected into a sun
synchronous orbit of 509 km. Subsequently, the 13 nanosatellites were
injected into their intended orbits. After separation, solar arrays of
Cartosat-3 were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and
Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. In the coming
days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
“Cartosat-3 is the most complex and advanced earth observation satellite
built by ISRO.”
Dr Sivan said. He further added that it was a third generation agile advanced
satellite having high resolution imaging capability.
The mission life of the Cartosat-3 is 5 years. Cartosat-3 will address the
increased user’s demands for large scale urban planning, rural resource and
infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover, etc.
ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan congratulated and complimented the launch vehicle
and satellite teams involved in the mission. He also acknowledged the
support from Indian Industry.
PSLV-C47 was the 21st flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration (with 6 solid
strap-on motors). This was the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR,
Sriharikota and 9th satellite of Cartosat series.
About 5000 visitors witnessed the launch live from the Viewer’s Gallery in