Ongoing Marketing Agreement for Access and Imagery to IRS Satellites Includes CARTOSAT-1
ISRO says CARTOSAT-1 is scheduled to be launched on May 5. ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C6, will launch India's latest remote sensing satellite into a 618-km, polar sun-synchronous orbit. It will be launched from India's newest launch pad (Second Launch Pad) at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC).
CARTOSAT-1 has two state-of-the-art panchromatic cameras that take black- and-white stereoscopic images in the visible light spectrum at a resolution of 2.5 meters. The cameras cover a swath of about 30 km and take images of the same area during the same pass from two different angles. The stereo images can be used to create accurate elevation data of the Earth and create three- dimensional image maps. Since the cameras are steerable, CARTOSAT-1 has a revisit time over any part of the Earth every five days. CARTOSAT-1 also has an onboard storage capacity of 120 Giga Bits to store images when not in contact with a ground station.
"Both CARTOSAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-1 show the prominence the Indian commercial program has around the world," said Robert Dalal, CEO of Space Imaging. "CARTOSAT-1 will soon become a well-known resource in the global Earth-observation market, and Space Imaging and Antrix together will lead its adoption and growth.
Data from CARTOSAT-1 will be used for large-scale mapping, urban and rural development, land and water resources management, disaster assessment, relief planning and management, environmental impact assessment and various other geospatial and mapping applications. The data is also ideal for updating topographic maps.
To commemorate the launch of CARTOSAT-1, Space Imaging is releasing a new IKONOS satellite image of the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre where CARTOSAT-1 will be launched. The image is available on Space Imaging's Web site at http://www.spaceimaging.com/gallery/spacepics/Sriharikota_04_29_05.jpg
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