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ISRO successfully launches Cartosat-2 India’s ‘Eye in the Sky’

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New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the sixth Cartosat-2 series satellite from Sriharikota on Friday.

This sixth Cartosat-2 series satellite weighs 712 kg and the 31 nano ‘co-passenger’ satellites that were launched with it together weigh 243 kg. 29 of them will be from 15 different countries including US & Chile. The 30th will be a 15 kg satellite called NIUSAT. It has been made by Noorul Islam University in Tamil Nadu, which will help in crop monitoring and disaster management.

This satellite was launched by the ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which was on its 40th flight.

Cartosat 2 will orbit the earth from 500 km above, and will be capable of counting the number of army tanks parked in hostile territories.

Apart from taking pictures, it can also record videos from the sky. The pictures and videos would be helpful in a wide range of activities including military and civil planning.

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