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Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

Isro postpones launch of Cartosat-3 and 13 US satellites to Nov 27

According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the launch of PSLV-XL variant carrying Cartosat-3 and 13 US nano satellites has been rescheduled for November 27 at 9.28 am.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2019 03:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Earlier, ISRO had said the rocket launch will be on Nov 25 at 9.28 am.
Earlier, ISRO had said the rocket launch will be on Nov 25 at 9.28 am.(PTI FILE)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Thursday announced that the launch of its earth observation satellite, Cartosat 3, and 13 US nanosatellites has been rescheduled to November 27. The PSLV C47 was earlier scheduled to the launch the satellites on November 25.

While the space agency did not provide a reason for the delay, an official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “The missions are complex and we need to do everything to ensure that the mission is successful. And, sometimes this means changing the dates.”

Cartosat 3 is an earth observation satellite with high resolution imaging capability that will address the increasing demands of satellite data for urban planning, rural infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover. The PSLV C47 will also carry 13 nanosatellites commercially under a deal negotiated by the newly-created New Space India Limited.

On Thursday, minister of state for department of space Jitendra Singh said India’s second mission to the moon was the biggest mission planned for the year, and even though the soft-landing was not successful, the mission was not a failure.