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. Also Read - Cartostat-3: ISRO All Set to Launch Surveillance Satellite Into Space on November 25
“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. Also Read - ISRO prepares to launch Chandrayaan-3 mission by November 2020: Report
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.