Isro's tracking centre assumes control of Cartosat-3
The Telemetry Tracking and Command Network of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has assumed control of the Cartosat-3 satellite which was successfully launched on Wednesday.
PSLV-C47 lifted-off in cloudy skies at 09:28 hrs from the second launch pad at the spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
After 17 minutes, Cartosat-3 was successfully injected into a sun-synchronous orbit of 509kms, Isro said in a statement.
'Subsequently, all the 13 nanosatellites of the US were injected into their intended orbits,' it said.
'After separation of the Cartosat-3, its solar arrays were deployed automatically and Isro's Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite,' the space agency said adding in the coming days, the satellite would be brought to its final operational configuration.
According to Isro chief K. Sivan, Cartosat-3 is the most complex and advanced earth observation satellite ever built by the space agency.
He congratulated and complimented the launch vehicle and satellite teams involved in Wednesday's mission.
Cartosat-3 would address increased user's demands for large scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover apart from serving defense and military purposes.
PSLV-C47 is the 49th flight and the mission life of Cartosat-3 is five years.