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ISRO to launch Cartosat 3, 13 nanosatellites from US:

The Indian space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is to launch its cartography satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into sun-synchronous orbit on 25 November. ISRO`s rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL variant (PSLV-C47) will put into orbit Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites from the US on 25 November. PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in XL configuration. The satellite will be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees. 

13 nanosatellites:

The 13 nanosatellites from the US is a part of the commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Ltd. NSIL is a new company that was set up recently under the Department of Space.


Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile, advanced satellite with high-resolution imaging capability. It is an earth observational or remote sensing satellite.  It can produce images with one of the most high-resolution in the world, and certainly the highest of any satellites under ISRO`s umbrella.

Cartosat-3 has an advanced and better spatial version with a resolution of up to 0.25m (25cm) as compared to the Cartosat-2 series satellites. It has been developed so, as it is to produce high-resolution pictures that will be used for strategic applications. 

It is fitted with advanced remote sensing tools that will be helpful with defence. CartoSAT-3 has been designed in a way that it will be one of the most advanced imaging satellites ever built by ISRO. In its observation mission, the satellite has powerful capabilities in multiple different spectral characteristics, including: 

♦ panchromatic - captures all visible colors of light

♦ multispectral - capture light within specific ranges in the electromagnetic spectrum


♦ hyperspectral - captures light from across the electromagnetic spectrum.



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