India: ISRO will launch Cartosat-2 and 30 other satellites on January 12, instead of its earlier tentative date of January 10, a space official announced on Monday.
“The rocket launch to carry Cartosat and other satellites, including 28 from the US and five other countries, will take place on January 12 at 9.30 am,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Public Relations Director Devi Prasad Karnik said.
“There is no delay in the schedule as the earlier stated launch date of January 10 was merely tentative,” added Karnik. The rockets would be lifted off from ISRO’s spaceport located at Sriharikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO’s first space mission of 2018 aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) is exactly four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver India’s eighth navigation satellite in the earth’s lower orbit on August 31 last year.
The mission’s payload will also include one nano and micro satellite from India. As an observational satellite, Cartosat will beam high-quality images for cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation and utility management like road network monitoring.