Bangalore: India would shortly launch Cartosat-2B, a high-resolution remote sensing satellite, that would aid in infrastructure and urban planning, Indian Space Research Organisation chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Thursday.
The launch was expected by March end or mid-April and the exact date would be finalised at the mission readiness review (MRR) meeting on February 10, he told reporters here.
The satellite, which would be launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), has a 0.8 metre resolution. This makes it capable to even take pictures of a car on the ground.
“Basically, it’s a high resolution satellite,” he said.
India launched Cartosat-2 in January 2007 and Cartosat-2A in April 2008. Cartosat-2B would add to the capability of the first two satellites.
“The advantage is when you have three satellites, you get more coverage in a day from different locations. So, this will be of use for infrastructure and urban planning because an object of 0.8 metres by 0.8 metres, say a car which is going on a road, that level you can identify,” he said.
“When you want infrastructure planning for a city, you need pictures of that resolution. That’s what it (Cartosat) is going to give,” the Isro chairman added.