India prepares for launch of cartographic satellite

Last Updated: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 00:49

Bangalore: Preparations are in full swing in
Sriharikota spaceport for Monday`s launch of home-built
advanced remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2B by work-horse
rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15).

"PSLV-C15 is slated to be launched at 9.22 AM on July 12,"
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) spokesperson S
Satish told PTI.

The launch, from the spaceport in the east coast, was
earlier fixed for May 9 but it had been rescheduled after a
marginal drop in pressure in the second stage of the vehicle
was noticed during mandatory checks on the rocket.

The stage is now set for the launch of PSLV-C15, carrying
on board the 694-kg Cartosat-2B, a 116-kg Algerian satellite
ALSAT-2A, two nano satellites NLS 6.1 and NLS 6.2 from
University of Toronto, Canada, weighing 6.5 kg and STUDSAT, a
satellite built by students from academic institutions in
Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, weighing less than one kg.

Cartosat-2B, the 17th remote sensing satellite of India,
is mainly intended to augment remote sensing data services to
the users of multiple spot scene imagery with 0.8 metre
spatial resolution and 9.6 km swath in the panchromatic band.

The multiple spot scene imagery sent by Cartosat-2B`s
panchromatic camera would be useful for village level/
cadastral level resource assessment and mapping, detailed
urban and infrastructure planning and development and
transportation system planning.

It will also prove useful in preparation of large-scale
cartographic maps, preparation of micro watershed development
plans and monitoring of developmental works at village/
cadastral level, according to ISRO.
Cartosat-2B`s imagery, the space agency said, can also be
used to prepare detailed forest type maps, tree volume
estimation,village/cadastral level crop inventory,town/village
settlement mapping and planning for comprehensive development.
The imagery could also be used for canal alignment, rural
connectivity assessment, planning new rural roads and
monitoring their construction, coastal landform/land use and
coral/mangrove mapping and monitoring of mining activities,
ISRO said. PTI



First Published: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 00:49

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