ISRO today launched the PSLV-C47 carrying the third generation Cartosat-3 and 13 US commercial nano-satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced civilian satellite with the highest resolution imaging capability and a mission life of five years.
The satellite is to address the increased user demand for large-scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover.
As part of a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) and Department of Space, PSLV-C47 is carrying 13 commercial nano-satellites from the US into the Sun-synchronous orbit.
Among the 13 nano-satellites are 12 Planet's latest generation Super Dove satellites (FLOCK-4P), with mission objective of earth observation, and one MESHBED satellite, whose mission objective is a communication testbed, with a total mass of about 4.5 kg.
Planet gave credit to ISRO and NSL on their website saying "True credit for today’s success goes to our partners at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), NewSpace India Limited (NSL) ISILAUNCHand Planet’s amazing Space Systems team."
The highest resolution satellite which has an overall mass of 1600 kilograms will replace the IRS series.
The satellite was placed into an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees, 17 minutes and 46 seconds post-lift-off.
The mission is being considered a huge from the previous Cartosat series by the space research organisation.
This will be the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
Later, ISRO will launch two more surveillance satellites - Risat-2BR1 and Risat-2BR2 in December and has 13 missions up to March.
"We have 13 missions up to March, 6 large vehicle missions and 7 satellite missions," informed ISRO chief K Sivan.