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ISRO eyes Cartosat launch in December

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HYDERABAD (PTI): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to launch a satellite on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in December, the first since its unsuccessful mission to orbit a navigation spacecraft nearly one-and-a-half months ago.

ISRO is getting ready for the Cartosat-2 series satellite mission in mid-December from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre or Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SHAR), an official of the space agency told PTI.

This would be the third satellite in the Cartosat-2 series.

In February this year, PSLV-C37 launched the first Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites in a single flight.

In June, India's workhorse launch vehicle launched the second one along with 30 co-passenger satellites – the 39th consecutively successful mission of PSLV.

But a PSLV-C39 flight carrying IRNSS-1H navigation satellite on August 31 was unsuccessful, in what is seen as a setback to ISRO.

"We plan to launch Cartosat-2 series satellite 3 mission, which is a follow-on mission in the Cartosat-2 series with the primary objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery, in mid-December," the official said.

"There will be a few foreign co-passenger satellites...about 15 to 20 (nano satellites)," he said.

The total number of customer satellites from abroad placed in orbit by PSLV so far is 209, according to ISRO.

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