The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on January 12 successfully placed its 100th satellite in the orbit. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 42nd flight, successfully launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Remote Sensing Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre or Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR), Sriharikota.
Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Sanjaya Baru mentioned, “With the successful placement of Cartosat-2 and 30 co-passengers (28 international customer satellites from Canada, Finland, France, Korea, the United Kingdom and United States of America) ISRO, has demonstrated the scientific and technological strengths of Indian scientific and industrial acumen.”
The Cartostat-2’s panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras operating in Time Delay Integration mode and its capability to deliver high resolution data will help India to leverage cartographic applications for urban and rural planning, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps and change detection to bring out geographical Land Information Systems and Geographical Information System applications. Besides helping planning agencies, it will also keep an eye on India’s hostile neighbours.
Assistant Secretary General, FICCI, Vivek Pandit further added that, “This path-breaking scientific development in Satellite manufacturing by ISRO will open new frontiers for Indian industry towards strategic technological innovations and manufacturing of satellites. Indian GIS industry and application-based service providers will gain significantly with today’s development for the niche services in GIS-based consulting, planning and infrastructure development. FICCI looks forward to an eventful 2018 with greater participation of Indian industry and doubling of launches per year”.
So far, PSLV has successfully launched 51 Indian satellites and 237 customer satellites from abroad.