Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launched advanced earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 other commercial nano-satellites for the US on Wednesday.
CARTOSAT-3, which is the ninth in the series, was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota at the scheduled time of 9.28 am. This was the 74th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C47 carried the CARTOSAT-3 satellite along with the other commercial nano-satellites for the US.
CARTOSAT-3 is a third-generation agile satellite with high-resolution imaging capabilities.
The satellite will replace the IRS series, according to ISRO. The CARTOSAT-3 has a panchromatic resolution of 0.25 metres, which helps it conduct satellite imaging with the highest resolution. it will address the increased user demand for large-scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover.