New Delhi: The launch date of Indian Space Research Organisation‘s earth imaging and mapping satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 other commercial nanosatellites from the US has been rescheduled to November 27, stated news agency PTI. Earlier, ISRO had tentatively scheduled the launch at 09:28 hrs IST on November 25 taking the weather conditions into considerations.
“The launch of PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 scheduled on November 25, 2019 at 09:28 hrs is rescheduled to launch on November 27, 2019 at 09:28 hrs from second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. Stay tuned for more updates..,” tweeted ISRO on Thursday in its official Twitter handle.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C47 would launch the satellites into Sun Synchronous Orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) or Sriharikota Range (SHAR) located in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota, stated news agency PTI. Notably, PSLV-C47 is the 74th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota, noted ISRO.
According to ISRO, the ‘third generation agile advanced satellite’ Cartosat-3 would be placed at an inclination of 97.5 degrees in an orbit of 509 km. This satellite, which comes with a high-resolution imaging capability, has an overall mass of 1,625 kg. Besides, it comes with a mission life of five years, added news agency PTI. The purpose of Cartosat-3 is to address the users’ growing demands for large-scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use, and land cover.
Using the six solid strap-on motors, PSLV-C47 would also carry all the 13 commercial nanosatellites from the United States of America in association with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) of the Department of Space. PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the ‘XL’ configuration. Among the 13 commercial nanosatellites are FLOCK-4P, 12 in numbers, with an objective to observe the earth and a satellite named MESHBED, with an objective of communication testbed.