Saturday, May 07, 2005

India launches high-tech mapping satellite : CARTOSAT-1

An Indian space rocket blasted off Thursday in the country's first bid to carry two satellites in a single launch. The 44-meter Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan space port near Madras on India's southeast carrying CARTOSAT-1, a remote sensing satellite whose precise imaging is aimed at putting every Indian household on the map and HAMSAT, for home radio operators. India will use CARTOSAT-1 to help urban and rural planning, land and water management, relief operations and environmental assessments.

CARTOSAT-1 carries two panchromatic cameras that take black and white stereoscopic pictures . It can capture visual features down to 2.5 meters (8 ft 2 inches) across, officials of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.

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