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ISRO launch CARTOSAT-3 earth imaging and mapping satellite

The Indian Space Research Organisation has launched advanced earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 other commercial nano-satellites for the US.

CARTOSAT-3, which is the ninth in the series, was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at the scheduled time of 3:58am - 9:28 am local time - earlier today, becoming the 74th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47, carried the CARTOSAT-3 satellite along with the other commercial nano-satellites for the US.

CARTOSAT-3 - India's most complex and advanced earth imaging satellite built so far - was placed into orbit 17 minutes and 46 seconds after lift-off.

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