ISRO's Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 29 foreign, one Indian with its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will be launched on June 23, 2017 at 9.29 AM from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.
Called the `Eye in the sky', Cartosat-2E satellite is an advanced remote sensing satellite or earth observation satellite having surveillance capabilities with its Multi-Spectral optical imager and panchromatic camera. It will be launched on board PSLV-C38 on June 23. It is similar to the Cartosat-2 series satellites launched in June last year and Feb this year. It may be reminded that the two previous Cartosat-2 series launched include Cartosat-2C on board PSLV C-34 on June 22 last year and Cartosat-2D on board PSLV-C37 on Feb 15 this year that deployed a record 104 satellites in sun-synchronous orbit.
Cartosat satellite imagery offers small coverage with high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery. So more such satellites are required. With this satellite, the payload will have more satellites from other countries.
PSLV-C38 is set for launch on June 23 to place the Cartosat-2E satellite in sun-synchronous orbit and arrangements are on for that. Pegged at a project cost of Rs 160 crore, the 550 kg Cartosat-2E satellite launch is aimed at collecting high-resolution large-scale maps which will be used for urban planning, services, infrastructure development, traffic management and disaster management.
This PSLV launch will be after 37 successful PSLV launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), known before 2002 as the Sriharikota Range (SHAR).