The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) PSLV-C47(Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle C47) rocket has successfully launched CARTOSAT 3 satellite along with 13 other nanosatellites from the United States(US) into Sun Synchronous Orbit(SSO). It was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSS) at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh(AP).
- The Cartosat-3 satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
- The satellite was carried out by the PSLV C-47 rocket along with 13 customer payloads belonging to a US space technology firm.
- The 13 satellites are launched under a commercial agreement with the New Space India Limited (the commercial arm of the ISRO).
- The Cartosat-3 is the most advanced and complex Earth observation satellite ever built by the ISRO.
- With the successful launch of Cartosat-3, this became the 74th launch mission for the ISRO from Sriharikota.
- Cartosat-3 is the 9th satellite of its class and is the 1st in the series of the third generation payloads.
- It has an operational life of 5 years and has the capacity to generate 2000 MW power, using its solar panels.