Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched Kartosat-3, the Sriharikota Advanced Remote Sensing Satellite in Andhra Pradesh. This is ISRO's fifth mission of the year. 13 small American commercial satellites have also been sent along with Cartosat. This launch was done with PSLV-C47 rocket. Cartosat will be used to gather weather and military information.
Cartosat-3 weighs around 1500 kg. It is the first of the third generation Advanced High Resolution Earth Imaging Satellites. Chandrayaan-2 was launched on 22 July. Its orbiter successfully orbited the moon, but on 7 September the lander Vikram Soft failed to make a landing.
ISRO took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the 16-hour countdown to the launch of the satellites and said, "PSLV-C47 standing tall at the launch pad in Sriharikota. Less than 16 hours for launch. Stay tuned ..."
Earlier, it had also announced that propellant filling of the fourth stage was completed.
The space organisation continuously updated on the preparations for the launch of the CARTOSAT-3 and other satellites.
"26 hours countdown for the launch of PSLV-C47 mission commenced today at 0728hrs from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. Launch is scheduled at 0928 hrs IST on November 27, 2019," it said in its update on Tuesday.
PSLV-C47 on its 49th mission will carry CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the United States. CARTOSAT-3 is a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability.