Render of Cartosat-3 satellite in deployed configuration.png
Render of Cartosat-3 satellite in deployed configuration
Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2019-081A
SATCAT no.44804
Mission durationPlanned: 5 years
Elapsed: 1 year, 4 months, 18 days[1]
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass1,625 kg (3,583 lb)[2]
Power2000 watts[2]
Start of mission
Launch date27 November 2019 (2019-11-27), 03:58 UTC
09:28 IST[1]
RocketPSLV-XL C47[1]
Launch siteSatish Dhawan SLP[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Periapsis altitude509 km (316 mi)[1]
Apoapsis altitude509 km (316 mi)[1]
Cartosat series

Cartosat-3 is an advanced Indian Earth Observation satellite built and developed by ISRO, which will replace the IRS series. It has a panchromatic resolution of 0.25 metres making it the imaging satellite with highest resolution in the world and Mx of 1 metre with a high quality resolution which is a major improvement from the previous payloads in the Cartosat series.[3][4][5]

Potential uses include weather mapping, cartography or defence, and strategic applications.[6]


Cartosat-3 has a resolution of 25 cm (10").[7] It uses 1.2 m optics with 60% of weight removal compared to Cartosat-2. Other features include the use of adaptive optics, acousto optical devices, in-orbit focusing using MEMs and large area-light weight mirrors and advanced sense with a high quality resolution.[8] It has a planned mission life of 5 years.[9]


Cartosat-3 is the 3rd generation of high-resolution imaging satellites developed by ISRO.[10] It was developed in response to increased demand for imaging services to address urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development needs.[11]


PSLV C47 lifting off from Second Launch Pad with Cartosat-3.

PSLV C47 carrying Cartosat-3 was launched on 27 November 2019 at 03:58 UTC using XL variant of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre into a sun synchronous orbit of 509 kilometers. Thirteen commercial ride-sharing 3U cubesats including twelve SuperDoves (Flock 4p)[12] by Planet Labs and one Meshbed by Analytical Space of United States were also put in orbit using the same launch vehicle.[9][13] Commercial ride-share was arranged by New Space India ltd, Spaceflight industries and ISILaunch.[14][15]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c "PSLV C47/Cartosat-3 Mission Launch Kit" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  3. ^ Prasad, Narayan. "Cartosat-3 in space — here is how ISRO can now exploit its full potential". ThePrint. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  4. ^ "ISRO: ISRO reschedules CARTOSAT 3 launch to November 27". Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Isro's Cartosat-3 launch next week - ETtech". Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  6. ^ Prasad, Narayan. "Cartosat-3 in space — here is how ISRO can now exploit its full potential". ThePrint. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  7. ^ N. Gopal Raj. "ISRO plans a new high-resolution earth satellite". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 19 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  8. ^ Current Science, Vol. 93, no. 12, 25 December 2007, page 1729.
  9. ^ a b "ISRO's tracking centre assumes control of CARTOSAT-3". The Hindu. PTI. 27 November 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 27 November 2019.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "PSLV-C47 / Cartosat-3 Mission".
  11. ^ "Cartosat-3".
  12. ^ "12 SuperDove Satellites Hitching a Ride to Orbit on the PSLV". Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  13. ^ Clark, Stephen. "PSLV delivers India's highest-resolution Earth observation satellite to orbit – Spaceflight Now". Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Successful ISILAUNCH29 campaign". ISILAUNCH. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Getting Meshbed to Space!". Spaceflight. 14 October 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.