ISRO on Wednesday successfully launched India's Earth-imaging satellite 'Cartosat-3' from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The Cartosat-3, India's third-generation agile advanced satellite with high-resolution imaging and mapping abilities, has also been successfully injected in an orbit of 509 km, ISRO tweeted. ISRO's PSLV-C47 rocket also carried 13 nanosatellites of the US.
The launch took place following a 26-hour countdown which started at 7:28 am on Tuesday. Following the launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted congratulating ISRO and saying the space organization has made the country proud.
CARTOSAT-3, India's most complex and advanced earth imaging satellite built so far, placed into orbit 17 minutes and 46 seconds after lift-off, the immediate mission after Chandrayaan 2, where the lander crashed while making a soft descent on the lunar surface on September 7.
The mission life of CARTOSAT-3 would be for five years. The launch of CARTOSAT-3 and 13 other commercial nanosatellites follows ISRO's moon mission Chandrayaan-2 on July 22, which failed to manage a soft landing on the moon, and would have been the country's first had it been successful.