launch of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C9,
is scheduled to carry India’s latest Remote Sensing satellite,
CARTOSAT-2A along with Indian Mini Satellite (IMS-1) and eight
nanosatellites from abroad around 9.20 am on Monday, April 28,
2008 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
This will be the thirteenth flight of PSLV and third flight
with ‘core-alone’ configuration.
CARTOSAT-2A weighing about 690 kg carries a state-of-the-art
Panchromatic camera (PAN) that is capable of taking black-and-white pictures in
the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The imagery will have a
spatial resolution of about one metre. The camera covers a swath (geographical
strip of land) of about 9.6 km. The highly agile CARTOSAT-2A is steerable along
as well as across the direction of its movement to facilitate imaging of any
area more frequently. CARTOSAT-2A will form a pair with CARTOSAT-2 launched on
January 10, 2007 providing more frequent revisit.
Mini Satellite-1 (IMS-1) is developed by ISRO. Weighing 83 kg at lift-off,
IMS-1 incorporates many new technologies and has miniaturised subsystems. IMS-1
carries two optical payloads – a Multispectral camera (Mx Payload) and a
Hyperspectral camera (HySI Payload). Both Mx and HySI payloads operate in the
visible and near infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The
resolution of Mx camera is 37 metre with a swath of 151 km while that of HySI
is about 506 metre with a swath of 129.5km. The data from this mission will be
made available to developing countries.
Eight nanosatellites built by universities and research
institutions in Canada and Germany are also being launched under a commercial
agreement with Antrix Corporation. The weight of these Nanosatellites vary from
3 to 16 kg with a total weight of about 50 kg.
The launch campaign is progressing satisfactorily at SDSC SHAR.
The satellite has already been integrated with the launch vehicle and on April
18, 2008, the launch vehicle was moved to the Second Launch Pad at Satish
Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.