Cartosat-2 satellite launched

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  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its 100th satellite, the Cartosat-2 Series satellite from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Cartosat-2 Series Satellite is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C40 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle).
  • The ISRO in its website says the imagery sent by the remote-sensing satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land-use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) as well as Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.  
  • The latest launch comes nearly five months after the launch of ISRO’s IRNSS-1H satellite, its eighth regional navigation satellite, was unsuccessful. 
  • The satellite didn’t come out of the heat shield as it should have, though the PSLV rocket’s lift off was as planned.