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PSLV-C47 / Cartosat-3 Mission

India’s PSLV-C47 (Polar Satellite Launch The vehicle) will launch Cartosat-3 along with 13 commercial nanosatellites toward the Sun Synchronous orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is temporarily scheduled at 0928 Hrs IST on November 27, 2019, considering the on-time weather conditions.

PSLV-C47 is the 21st flight of PSLV in the 'XL' configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors). This will be the 74th launch vehicle mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR in Sriharikota. Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation flexible advanced satellite that has the capability to capture high-resolution images. The satellite will be installed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees. PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 more commercial nanosatellites from the United States of America as part of a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.

What is Cartosat-3?

Cartosat-3 is an earth imaging and mapping satellite designed by the Indian Space Research Organization. The Cartosat-3 is a "third-generation responsive and advanced satellite that can obtain high-resolution images of earth surface" according to ISRO. The Cartosat-3 satellite would be set in 509 km orbit with 97.5 degrees angle. The panchromatic resolution of this satellite is 0.25 meters and, thus, it will be the world's highest resolution image producing satellite. Having the 1 meter high-quality resolution imaging ability, it is a significantly improved satellite from the earlier payloads in the Cartosat group.

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