ISRO Will Launch “CartoSat-2C” a New Military Satellite in May 2016 [ Current Affairs ]
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a new earth observatory named CartoSat-2C in May. The satellite is constructed for military purposes will blast off using the renowned PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle).
- India will join the ranks of China and USA who have their own spy satellites to monitor activities on Earth from space after the launch of CartoSat-2C.
- The satellite had constructed by Indian space scientists at the Space Applications Centre (SAC) in Ahmedabad.
- To check the durability and functioning of the satellite several rounds of tests were performed.
- CartoSat-2C was shifted to ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) at Bengaluru before two weeks.
- CartoSat-2A- first dedicated military satellite of India was launched in 2007 and since then it has given very sensitive and highly classified information including the missile launches in the neighborhood.
- The weighs of satellite is 690 kilogram.
- The high-resolution multi-spectral instrument and Panchromatic Camera will enable the satellite to capture some stunning high-resolution images.
- CartoSat-2C has a resolution of 0.65 so it can spot even smaller objects from space.
- CartoSat-2C will blast off along with 21 other satellites using PSLV rocket in May this year.
- It will be placed in a sun-synchronous polar orbit at a low-earth altitude of about 200 - 1, 200 kms above the Earth’s surface.
- It will be one of the finest eyes present in space.
- Published on: April 12, 2016