The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched Cartosat-3 on November 27, Wednesday at 9.28 am. India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) rocket carrying advanced earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 US nano satellites lifted off from the second launch pad of the rocket port in Sriharikota .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO team for the successful launch of PSLV-C47. “I heartily congratulate the entire @isro team on yet another successful launch of PSLV-C47 carrying indigenous Cartosat-3 satellite and over a dozen nano satellites of USA,” tweeted Narendra Modi.
“The advanced Cartosat-3 will augment our high resolution imaging capability. ISRO has once again made the nation proud!” he further tweeted.
“I am happy that PSLV-C47 injected precisely in the orbit with 13 other satellites. Cartosat-3 is highest resolution civilian satellite. We have 13 missions up to March, 6 large vehicle missions and 7 satellite missions,” ISRO chief Dr K Sivan said.
CARTOSAT-3 is a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability. The mission life of CARTOSAT-3 is of five years. The launch of CARTOSAT-3 and 13 other commercial nano satellites follows ISRO’s moon mission Chandrayaan-2 on July 22.
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 communication test bed.
This is the 74th launch vehicle mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota informed ISRO.