Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is prepping up to launch 31 Satellites into the space, including the earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2 on January 10, 2018 from IRSO’s launch station in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
India is planning to launch the Earth observation spacecraft Cartostat-2 series along with 30 foreign satellites in its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40), on January 10, 2018. As per the statement from ISRO Director Devi Prasad Karnik, the PSLV will carry one Indian satellite, 28 US satellites and 5 from other countries. This will be the first Polar Satellite Launch (PSLV) mission since August when the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H was launched but the mission failed. But this time, ISRO will ensure that all 31 satellites are launched in the space successfully; significantly, India’s Cartostat-2 will be the mission’s main payload.
The Cartostat is indigenously built in Indian observation satellite and is loaded with high-quality imaging cameras for cartographic, urban and rural applications. This satellite has Panchromatic and Multi-spectral cameras fitted inside it that operate in Time Delay Integration and have the capability of providing high-resolution data. This upcoming Cartostat will be the third installation of the Cartosat-2 series and is will be accompanied by 28 nano satellites from the US and Finland. The space scientists are taking special measures to ensure the 44.4 metre rocket will sling the 720kg Cartosat and other satellites one-after-one into their intended orbits.
The PSLV-C40 type space scientists are taking special measures to ensure the 44.4 metre rocket will sling the 720kg Cartosat and other satellites one-after-one into their intended orbits. ISRO also plans to launch its Chandrayaan 2 mission during the first half of 2018 and this will be a huge year for the ISRO to get itself recognised in space research advancements.