The Indian Space Research Organisation launched the “the “eye in the sky” Cartosat 2 series satellite, along with 30 other co-satellites, on Friday. The 31 satellites took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on a PSLV-C38 rocket, which is on its 40th flight. The Cartosat 2 was one of the 31 nanosatellites that was launched by the ISRO on Friday.
The 29 international nano satellites being launched are part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO’s commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and 14 international customers. These customers are Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US.
The Cartosat 2 satellite was built by students from the Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. It will orbit 500 kms above earth, scientists said, and take photos and videos for a number of uses. These include map-making, urban and rural development projects, regulating coastal land, monitoring road and water distribution networks, and military planning, among other things.
The ISRO PSLV-C38 carrying the satellites blasted off the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9:30 AM. It was the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration. Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery.
It has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot even smaller objects within a square of 0.6 m by 0.6 m. Once this satellite becomes operational, it would be handed over to the defence forces, which have their own infrastructure, which includes ground stations, and trained manpower to access data.
The 29 international nano satellites being launched are part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO's commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and 14 international customers. These customers are Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US.
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