Ten things you must know about ISRO’s Cartosat-2 series satellite

Ten things you must know about ISRO’s Cartosat-2 series satellite

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ISRO’s next in-order earth observation satellite, Cartosat-2E, will be launched on Friday from Sriharikota with 30 nanosats from foreign countries, including the US. Here are the 10 things you must know.

  1. This will be the 40th Flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The satellite will be launched by PSLV C-38
  2. The satellite will join the Cartosat-2 fleet, whose bird – Cartosat-2C – was used by the Indian armed forces last year to conduct surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).
  3. The objective of this launch is to provide high-resolution imagery to help India develop its surveillance capabilities.
  4. PSLV-C38 will carry 712kg Cartosat-2 series satellite
  5. This will be the seventeenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
  6. PSLV-C38 will also carry 30 nano-satellites weighing 243 kg
  7. Total weight of PSLV-C38 is about 955 kg.
  8. 29 nano satellites belong to 14 countries namely. These are Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, UK and US
  9. One nano satellite belongs to India.
  10. The rocket will sling the satellites into a 505 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO).
Cartosat-2
CARTOSAT-2E

How will it help?

If succeeds, the satellite will add value to India’s national intelligence and defense policy.

The satellite will join the Cartosat-2 fleet, whose bird – Cartosat-2C – was used by the Indian armed forces last year to conduct surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC).

The objective of this launch is to provide high-resolution imagery to help India develop its surveillance capabilities.

Similar to its predecessors: Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B, the satellite will be injected in a 505km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit. The Cartosat-series satellite carries a state-of-the-art panchromatic (PAN) camera that takes black and white pictures of the earth in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

READ MORE: Cartosat-2E: Why the Earth Observation satellite is so important for India