PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 scheduled to be launched on Wednesday at 9.28 am

ISRO will launch the Cartosat-3 and 13 nanosatellites of the US on the rescheduled date from the second launch pad of the space centre. PSLV-C47 will launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into the Sun-synchronous orbit. 

PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 scheduled to be launched on Wednesday at 9.28 am
Image courtesy: Twitter/ISRO

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch a third-generation earth observation satellite, Cartosat-3. The PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3 is scheduled to be launched at 9.28 am on Wednesday (November 27). 

Giving information about the launch, ISRO tweeted, "PSLV-C47 standing tall at the launch pad in Sriharikota. Less than 16 hours for launch." It further said, "Propellant filling of the fourth stage of #PSLVC47 has been completed."

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Commencing the countdown for the launch of PSLV-C47 carrying Cartosat-3, ISRO earlier in the day tweeted: "26-hour countdown for the launch of PSLV-C47 mission commenced today at 7.28 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota."

ISRO will launch the Cartosat-3 and 13 nanosatellites of the US on the rescheduled date from the second launch pad of the space centre. PSLV-C47 will launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into the Sun-synchronous orbit. 

Cartosat-3 satellite will be placed in an orbit of 509 kilometers at an inclination of 97.5 degrees. The Cartosat-3 was earlier slated to be launched on Monday, but it was rescheduled to Friday. 

According to ISRO, the Cartosat-3 is an advanced agile satellite to obtain panchromatic and multispectral imagery with an operational life of five years.

The payload has the capability of take sharp pictures with a ground resolution of 0.25 metre in Panchromatic and 1metre ground resolution or ground sample distance (GSD) in 4 Band Multispectral modes with a swath of 16 km, said ISRO.

The 44-metre-tall, about 320 ton PSLV-XL is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuels alternatively. The rocket has six strap-on booster motors to give additional thrust during the initial flight stages.

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(With Agency Inputs)