The sixth Cartosat-2 series satellite
Launch - 10 things to know
1. This sixth Cartosat-2 series satellite weighs 712 kg and the 30 nano 'co-passenger' satellites that will be launched with it together weigh 243 kg
2. Of the 30 nano satellites that will be launched, 29 are foreign and one is Indian
3. The 29 international nano satellites being launched are part of the commercial arrangements between ISRO's commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation Ltd and 14 international customers. These customers are Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US
4. The Indian nano satellite, the 15 kg NIUSAT, belongs to Tamil Nadu's Nooral Islam University. It will provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications
5. This satellite will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which will be on its 40th flight.
6. This latest satellite has a resolution of 0.6 metres, which means it can spot very small objects. "Defence surveillance will get a leg-up. It can be used in identifying terrorist camps and bunkers... some formations," an ISRO official said
7. To get an idea of what ISRO means by "very small", it's worth noting that the previous satellite in the series, which had a resolution of 0.8 metres, took images that helped India carry out its precise strikes on seven terror camps across the Line of Control last year
8. The Cartosat-2 series satellites are extremely "agile", said the ISRO official. That means they can be programmed to take very specific pictures of very specific designated areas
9. Not only will the images it takes be specific, this Cartosat-2 satellite's photos will be high resolution as well. The ISRO official succinctly defined it thus: "High-resolution scene specific spot imagery"
10. With Friday's launch, the total number of spacecraft missions launched by ISRO will go up to 90
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is all set to launch the South Asia Satellite, or GSAT-9, which will be India's gift to its neighbouring countries, at 4.57 pm on Friday. The rocket is set to blast off from Sriharikotta space station.
The 28-hour countdown operations of GSLV-F09/GSAT-9 mission started at 12:57 hours IST, on May 04, 2017, said Isro.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which is basking in the glory of consecutive successful launches, on Wednesday successfully placed remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A in the orbit.
A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - PSLV-C36 -carrying 1.2-tonne Resourcesat-2A lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, situated around 100km from Chennai, at 10.25am.