Now, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has scheduled the launch of the Cartosat-2E satellite on board its proven workhorse `Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’ – PSLV-C 38. Preparations are on full swing as the vehicle is assembled and integrated with the satellite. “Called the `Eye in the sky’, Cartosat-2E satellite is an advanced remote sensing satellite or earth observation satellite having surveillance capabilities with its Multi-Spectral optical imager and panchromatic camera. It will be launched on board PSLV-C38 on June 23,” ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar told TOI. It is similar to the Cartosat-2 series satellites launched in June last year and Feb this year, he said.
It may be reminded that the two previous Cartosat-2 series launched include Cartosat-2C on board PSLV C-34 on June 22 last year and Cartosat-2D on board PSLV-C37 on Feb 15 this year that deployed a record 104 satellites in sun-synchronous orbit. On the reason for similar satellite launches, he said, “Actually, Cartosat satellite imagery offers small coverage with high-resolution scene specific spot imagery. So more satellites are required”. With this satellite, the payload will have more satellites from other countries, he said. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director K Sivan also confirmed that the PSLV-C38 is set for launch to place the Cartosat-2E satellite in sun-synchronous orbit and arrangements are on for that.