The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has once again created history by successfully launching Cartosat-3 from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota of Andhra Pradesh today. The PSLV-C47 rocket lifted off at 9:28 AM and successfully took along 14 satellites together today. India will keep a close watch on hostile countries including Pakistan using Cartosat 3.
The 26-hour countdown for the launch of ISRO’s 75th launch vehicle PSLV-C47 mission had begun at 7:28 AM on Tuesday. This was the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (that has six solid strap-on motors).
The camera of the third-generation, agile, advanced satellite Cartosat 3 can take clear pictures from space to ground to a height of less than 1 ft. Cartosat-3 will operate for five years. This was ISRO’s first satellite launch after the launch of India’s moon mission Chandrayaan 2 in July.
ISRO chief K Sivan expressed happiness over the successful launch of Cartosat 3. He said he was happy that PSLV-C47 successfully orbited along with 13 other satellites. He further stated that Cartosat 3 was the highest resolution civilian satellite. He said India had 13 space missions till March, including six large vehicle missions and seven satellite missions.
The American satellites were launched under commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO.
Before the launch of the country’s imaging satellite Cartosat 3, Sivan reached the temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday and worshipped ritualistically.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on its achievement. “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,” he wrote on Twitter, adding in another post, “The advanced Cartosat-3 will augment our high-resolution imaging capability. ISRO has once again made the nation proud!”
The 13 US commercial satellites have been successfully placed in their designated orbits.
ISRO’s Cartosat-3 spacecraft has been successfully placed into its designated orbit, too. ISRO said, “About 17 minutes and 38 seconds after lift-off, Cartosat-3 was injected into an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5° to the equator.”