First mapping satellite of India to be launched in May

First mapping satellite of India to be launched in May

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CARTOSAT-1, the country’s first cartography (mapping) satellite, is ready to be launched from the SHAR Centre in Sriharikota, during the first week of May by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

To be launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the satellite also called IRS P5, will place India among the front-runners in the world to have an exclusive satellite capability in cartography.

The satellite is ready for shipment to SHAR. It will provide 2.5 metre resolution pictures, mapping the length and breadth of the country and overseas, explained, Dr P.S. Goel, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore. The Cartosat-1 pictures, in combination with the IRS P6 (Resourcesat) imagery, taken in multi-spectral band, would offer the best possible satellite imagery and remote-sensed data products in the global market, he told Business Line here.

The second of the mapping satellites-Cartosat II is expected to be placed in orbit by the PSLV during October 2005.