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November 25 – December 1, 2019 / Vol 38, No 47 / Hawai’i Island, USA

22 Nov 2019, 20:28 UTC
November 25 – December 1, 2019 / Vol 38, No 47 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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India Presses Ahead with Ambitious Launch Schedule and Future Mission Plans

ISRO is readying PSLV-C47 to launch Cartosat-3 on November 27 from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC). Originally planned for 2014, the Earth observation satellite is to image with panchromatic resolution of 25 cm – an impressive metric that sets Cartosat-3 apart from existing technology – within a 16-km field of view from a sun synchronous orbit of 509 km. Onlookers will witness PSLV XL configuration with 6 additional strap-on solid rocket boosters being utilized from Launch View Gallery at SDSC. Secondary payloads were brokered by the recently formed commercial wing of ISRO, NewSpace India Ltd, including ‘Flock 4p’, composed of 12 next generation CubeSats made by Planet, an American enterprise. This launch, along with RISAT 2BR1 and RISAT 2BR2 radar Earth observation satellites to be launched in December, if successful will put India in a position to match or exceed Europe in 2019 orbital launches – an indicator of the rising prominence of this spacefaring power. India is embarking on a range of space exploration missions – 1,500 kg Aditya solar probe is to launch to Lagrangian point L1 in April of 2020, Chandrayaan-3 will see a second attempt ...

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