The first blast-off from the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO)
Rs400-crore launch pad (the ninth flight of India's polar satellite launch
vehicle-C6) took place at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, this
at 10.14 am, 18 minutes after the take-off on May 5, 2005, PSLV-C6 successfully
placed the 1,560kg remote sensing satellite Cartosat-1 and delivered the
42.5kg-Hamsat piggyback in a 618 km polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO) 30
after the successful placement of the satellites, president A P J Abdul
Kalam congratulated the ISRO scientists on their success.
the eleventh in the Indian remote sensing satellite series has been built
by ISRO for cartographic applications. Immediately after its injection into
orbit, the two solar panels were deployed.
health of the two satellites are being monitored from the Spacecraft Control
Centre at Bangalore with the help of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command
Network (Istrac) network of stations at Bangalore, Lucknow, Mauritius, Bearslake
in Russia and Biak in Indonesia.
carries two panchromatic cameras with a spatial resolution of 2.5 metres
that takes black and white stereoscopic pictures in the visible region of
the electromagnetic spectrum. The cameras has a swath of 30 km and they
are mounted in such a way that near simultaneous imaging of the same area
from two different angles is possible.
satellite also carries a solid state recorder with a capacity of 120gigabits
to store the images for transmission.
date from Cartosat-1 is expected to provide enhanced inputs for large scale
mapping applications and stimulate newer applications in the urban and rural
development, land and water resources management, disaster assessment, relief
planning and management, environment impact assessment and various other
applications. The data can be used for updating topographic maps, besides
generation of large scale topographic maps.
will be followed by Cartosat-2 shortly, which will have a spatial resolution
of about one metre. This apart a Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat) is also
under development at ISRO. Risat is slated for launch in 2006.
Hamsat, the microsatellite for the international community of amateur radio
operators (Ham) is India's contribution to
the Ham Radio community. The Hamsat will bring ISRO's satellite services
within reach of the common man and popularise space technology among the