Space is the limit!
Marking yet another milestone, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its most complex and advanced earth imaging satellite CARTOSAT-3, among others serve military purposes. Together with the launch of 13 US nano satellites, CARTOSAT-3 is a third generation agile and advanced satellite with high resolution imaging capability, the success of which was described as "wonderful" by ISRO chief K Sivan. India's workhorse launch vehicle PSLV injected CARTOSAT 3 and its co-satellites in a precise 509 km orbit after the spectacular liftoff. CARTOSAT-3 was placed into orbit 17 minutes and 46 seconds after lift-off, in the immediate mission after Chandrayaan 2 where the lander crashed while making a soft descent on the lunar surface on September 7. The advanced Cartosat-3 will augment high resolution imaging capability for India—this means that keeping a watch over the length and breadth of the Indian territory has not only been assisted considerable, but that with greater availability of details, progress to newer heights and farther directions will be made easier. Meeting a wide range of requirements from surveillance for defense and strategic purposes to monitoring land for agriculture and several other things, the accomplishments of ISRO give India a new dimension for development. After its launch, ISRO's Telemetry Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. "CARTOSAT-3 is India's highest resolution civilian satellite, and the most complex and advanced earth obvservation satellite ISRO has built so far," ISRO chief K Sivan was proud to announce. There are 13 missions slated upto March 2020 for the space organisation. As the organisation continues to make its achievements one after the other, it would be helpful if it is diversified to include some private players in order to augment the capacities of India's flagship organisation. The design of CARTOSAT-3 satellite is said to be innovative and has witnessed a totally new development in the advanced technological area across the board, in all the domains like the payload, communication systems, optical systems, etc. With an overall mass of 1,625 kg, CARTOSAT-3 is up in space with the purpose of addressing increased user's demands for large scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover. When much is made sure to be taken care of from the space, efforts on ground must gear up too.