Another high-resolution remote sensing satellite will add to the available data collected for global resource management, mapping and monitoring. India plans to launch advanced cartography satellite Cartosat-3 by the end of 2019, equipped with an imaging payload capturing a ground resolution of 0.25 m and covering a 16km swath in panchromatic mode. The resolution will be 1.13 m with 16 km swath in four-band multispectral mode. It is also equipped with a mid-wave infrared camera with 5.7 m resolution.
Cartosat-3 is among the series of remote sensing satellites that will replace the Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) series. Described as an earth observation or remote sensing satellite, Cartosat-3 has better spatial and spectral characteristics as compared to the Cartosat-2 series satellites.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will use the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket to launch Cartosat-3. India has been successfully launching satellites since 1975.