ISRO today launches 100th satellite along with 30 others in a single mission from the spaceport of Sriharikota, which is 110 kilometres away from Chennai. This mission marks as the 42nd mission of ISRO’s trusted launcher PSLV or Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
According to reports, the launcher of ISRO PSLV C40 will carry 710 kg Cartosat- 2 series remote sensing satellite for earth observation. Along with it, thirty other satellites will also be launched and the combined weight of it is approximately 613 kg at lift-off.
ISRO’s the PSLV C40 rocket is nearly 45 meters tall and will be launched from the First Launch Pad or FLP of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The lift-off time has been set at 09:29 am tomorrow.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stated that the Mission Readiness Review committee and the Launch Authorisation Board have approved the 28-hour countdown that began exactly at 05:29 am IST today.
The ‘Cartosat’, which gets its name by combining the words ‘Cartography’ and ‘Satellite’, is an Indian Remote Sensing Satellite or IRS. The Cartosat-2 series satellite carries advanced Panchromatic and Multi-spectral cameras that have the ability of imaging a swath or geographical strip of 9.6 km with a resolution of better than 1 metre. The cameras are so advanced that it can be operated in Time Delay Integration mode and give out high-resolution data.
The scene-specific spot imagery that are sent by the Cartosat-2 series remote sensing satellite can be very useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other Land Information System and Geographical Information System applications.