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Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful in road network monitoring, water distribution and creation of land use maps

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its 40th flight today successfully launched 31 satellites in one go into a 505 km polar Sun-Synchronous Orbit.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made rocket carried a 712 kg Cartosat-2 series Earth observing satellite and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing 243 kg. The co-passenger satellites consist of 29 nano satellite from 14 countries and one from India – the NIUSAT, for Nooral Islam University from Tamil Nadu, which It be used for multi-spectral imagery useful for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.

The other 14 countries whose satellites were put in orbit are Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Designed for Earth observation, CartoSat-2E is the latest in a series of spacecraft which have been used for both military and civilian applications. According to ISRO, the imagery of Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful in cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.

The latest spacecraft is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery, says ISRO.

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