The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday released the first image taken by Cartosat-2 series satellite, four days after it was deployed into the Earth's orbit.
The image released is of a part of Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The Holkar Stadium can be seen in the image.
According to ISRO, the imagery sent by the satellite "will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) as well as Geographical Information System (GIS) applications."
On January 12, India deployed the remote sensing Cartosat and 30 other satellites, including 28 from six countries, into the Earth's orbit after a copybook launch of a polar rocket from its spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.
"The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40) deployed India's 710-kg Cartosat and 10-kg nano satellite and 100-kg micro-sat along with 28 foreign satellites into the Earth's orbit after a perfect lift-off from the launch pad," said outgoing ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar at the time of the launch.
The four-stage rocket had deployed the Cartosat-2 in the sun synchronous orbit about 17 minutes 33 seconds after its lift-off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota High Altitude Range (SDSC-SHAR).
The Cartosat-2 was injected into its 505-km sun synchronous orbit. It has a five-year life span.
The first space mission in 2018 on board the PSLV-C40 comes four months after a similar rocket failed to deliver the country's eighth navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, 2017.
With IANS inputs