ISRO shelves Cartosat-2 launch

31 Oct 2006

(Press Trust of India via NewsEdge) The Indian Space Research Organization has put off the launch of Cartosat-2, the advanced remote sensing satellite, to January due to problems faced during the testing phase.

"There has been a delay in testing. We have solved most of the problem," an ISRO official said. "We have suspended the launch. We don't want to launch it at the middle of the monsoon. Launching will be a little risky during highly disturbed weather and cyclonic conditions."

The launch was supposed to take place Oct. 22, the official said.

Carrying on board a single panchromatic camera capable of providing scene-specific spot imageries for cartographic and a host of other applications, the 650kg spacecraft would be launched by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

© 2006 Asia Pulse Pte Ltd

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