As ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47 gets ready to launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on November 27th, it is expected to be a great addition to the high-resolution image capability of the country. Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability and will be placed in an orbit of 509 km at an inclination of 97.5 degrees. The PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 commercial nanosatellites from the United States as part of a commercial arrangement with the recently formed New Space India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.
“Cartosat 3 with 0.25 m PAN and 1m multi-spectral imagery is a great addition to the high-resolution capabilities of India. While the capacity to build such satellites has a great track record within ISRO, there is a need to build increasing capabilities in machine learning and data analytics within ISRO to leverage such data sets for a large number of applications within the country. This will allow integration of different data sets from all the earth observation and meteorological capabilities of India to be used in it’s fullest extent,” Narayan Prasad, co-founder and chief operations officer of Satsearch told THE WEEK.