Chennai, Indi a: India’s advanced, high-resolution remote-sensing satellite Cartosat-2B would be launched on July 12 at 9.23 am from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, giving a boost to the country’s infrastructure and urban planning.
The Indian Space and Research Organisation’s (ISRO) rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will carry into space the 690 kg Cartosat 2B and an Algerian satellite, Alsat (117 kg). The rocket will also carry three nano satellites – NLS 6.1 and NLS 6.2 from Canada and Switzerland, and StudSat developed by engineering students.
The rocket’s main cargo Cartosat-2B is a remote sensing satellite carrying a sophisticated panchromatic camera on-board to photograph specific spots closely. The pictures are useful for cartographic applications such as mapping, land information and geographical information system.
Cartosat 2B will join the other two cartography satellites Cartosat 2 and 2A launched earlier. With this launch, ISRO’s satellites can cover the country effectively.
ISRO has been carrying out multiple launches for several years and in 2008 it set a world record launching 10 satellites at one go.
Originally scheduled for launch May 9, ISRO decided to postpone the launch as it found ‘a marginal drop in the pressure in the second stage of the vehicle during mandatory checks’. Though the pressure drop was marginal, ISRO wanted to be sure as it does not want to risk a failure since PSLV is a major revenue earner, carrying satellites for others for a fee.