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ISRO launches Cartosat 2 – it's sixth 'eye-in-the-sky' type satellite – along with 30 nano satellites
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the PSLV rocket this morning along with a Cartosat 2 series satellite weighing 712 kg and 30 nano-satellites weighing 243 kg.

It has been stated that out of the 30 nano satellites that have launched, 29 of them are foreign satellites while one is Indian.

The 29 foreign nano-satellites constitute ISRO's commercial venture deal through Antrix Corporation Ltd.

The foreign satellites belong to America, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovakia –fourteen countries in all.

The rocket that lifted off today, will put into orbit 500 km above the Earth, Cartosat 2 satellite, which is being called India's 'eye-in-the-sky'. This is India's sixth eye-in-the-sky kind of satellite.

Cartosat 2 is a remote sensing satellite that would be providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery, it is learned. According to scientists, Cartosat 2 would be capable of counting the number of tanks parked in hostile territories.

Another one of India's eye-in-the-sky type satellite had provided detailed images during the surgical strikes that India had conducted in September last year along the LoC.

But, if India already had five, why did it need a sixth eye-in-the-sky?

As per a report of NDTV, according to ISRO Chairman Dr AS Kiran Kumar, the existing satellites and not enough to meet the requirement of high resolution data for developmental activities. He said, "We are forced to buy some of the images and data from alternate sources." According to Dr Kumar, the demand for high resolution data is only going to grow.

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