The national space agency ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) has successfully launched India’s latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-3 this morning. The workhorse rocket PSLV in its C-47 version carried it along with 13 other customer payloads into the intended polar sun-synchronous orbit. The launch vehicle was ignited at 09.28 hours from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
In just under 18 minutes, the third generation, agile, advanced satellite Cartosat-3 was injected at a height of 509 kilometres from the surface of the earth. The separation of the customer payloads belonging to a US space technology firm followed the Cartosat-3 to get separated from launch vehicle one after the other.
The whole launch mission got over in just under 27 minutes. Its operational life is five years. The ISRO Chairman, Dr K Sivan, congratulated both the satellite team and the launch vehicle team for the resounding success of the mission.