Isro launches CARTOSAT-3, 13 US nano-satellites from Sriharikota

On Wednesday Cartosat-3 and 13 US nanosatellites is India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL rocket which is carrying advanced earth monitoring satellite was launched off from the second launch pad of the rocket port in Sriharikota.

Isro launches CARTOSAT-3, 13 US nano-satellites from Sriharikota
Isro launches CARTOSAT-3, 13 US nano-satellites from Sriharikota.

On Wednesday Cartosat-3 and 13 US nanosatellites is India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL rocket which is carrying advanced earth monitoring satellite was  launched off from the second launch pad of the rocket port  in Sriharikota.
 
However, it was at about 9.28 am the 44.4 metre tall, weighing 320 ton rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the country's rocket port in Sriharikota while the launch was normal despite of a clouded sky.

Meanwhile, According to ISRO, Cartosat-3 is about 1,625 kg  and is an advanced agile satellite to obtain panchromatic and multispectral imagery with an operational life of five years while the payload of the satellite is capable to take the sharp images along with a ground resolution of 0.25 metre in Panchromatic and 1 metre ground resolution or ground sample distance in 4 Band Multispectral modes with a swath of 16 km.

Meanwhile, the Indian space agency added on by saying that, Cartosat-3 has many new technologies/elements like highly agile structural and payload platform along with  higher rate data handling and transmission systems accompanied by  advanced on-board computer and new power electronics, dual gimbal antenna and others.

According to reports, on the ride with Cartosat-3 there were 13 nanosatellites from the USA for an undisclosed fee to be paid to NewSpace India Ltd while about 17 minutes the PSLV rocket will first sling into orbit Cartosat-3 on its flight.

However, in a minute later, the first of the 13 US nanosatellites will be put into orbit. The final nanosatellite will be ejected into its intended orbit after 26 minutes and 50 seconds from the lift-off of the PSLV rocket.

Reports are as saying that if the launch once be the mission successful, India will also  launch 310 foreign satellites.