Watch: ISRO launches PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 nanosatellites

With an overall mass of 1,625kgs, CARTOSAT-3 would address the increased user’s demands for large scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover.

Written by November 27, 2019 09:26

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 nanosatellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at SriharikotaThis is the first commercial order to put into orbit 13 American nanosatellites for NewSpace India, which was formed only in March 2019.

All you need to know about Cartosat-3 and 13 USA’s Nanosatellite by PSLV-C47

# PSLV-C47 on its 49th mission would carry CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 commercial nano-satellites from the United States. CARTOSAT-3 is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability.

# With an overall mass of 1,625kgs, CARTOSAT-3 would address the increased user’s demands for large scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover.

# PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the ‘XL’ configuration (with six solid strap-on motors), ISRO said.

# The 13 commercial nano-satellites from the United States are being carried as part of the commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL), Department of Space.

# Among the 13 nano-satellites are FLOCK-4P, 12 in numbers, with mission objective of earth observation, and one satellite named MESHBED, whose mission objective is a communication test bed.

PSLV-C47

ISRO said Wednesday’s launch would be the 74th launch vehicle mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The mission life of CARTOSAT-3 would be for five years. The launch of CARTOSAT-3 and 13 other commercial nano-satellites follows ISRO’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, which failed to manage a soft landing on the moon, and would have been the country’s first had it been successful.

While the Orbiter continues to revolve around the moon, the lander ‘Vikram’ and rover ‘Pragyan’ were rendered non- functional after a hard-landing on the lunar surface on September 7.