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ISRO set to launch Cartosat-2 on Friday at 9:29 am

The Cartosat-2 launch will take place from the Sriharikota off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.

health Updated: Jun 22, 2017 17:41 IST
ISRO will launch the CartoSat 2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.(PTI)

ISRO will launch its Cartosat-2 series satellite on Friday at 9:29 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) which is on its 40th flight is also carrying 30 nanosatellites. The nanosatellites are from 14 countries: Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States of America as well as one Nanosatellite from India.

The Indian nanosatellite weighing 15 kgs has been developed by Noorul Islam University in Tamil Nadu. It will be used for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management applications.

Nanosatellites weigh around 10 kgs and are included when the satellite launcher is capable of carrying more weight and it is more economical to do so. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955kg.

The Cartosat series satellites are Earth- observation satellites, which generate data that is used in map-making, coastal land use and regulation, road network mapping and water distribution.

The satellites will be launched into a polar sun orbit at 505 km altitude. With a successful launch from the number of foreign satellites launched by ISRO will cross 300.

The launch will be telecast live on Doordarshan and through a webcast on the ISRO website.

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 17:41 IST