ISRO’s Cartosat-2 series has released its first image earlier this week. Soon after this came a  release of new photographs taken by the Microsat and Nanosatellites that were launched on the orbit by the PSLV-C40 on January 12. The new images of Porbandar taken by the 100 kg satellite will usher in a new wave in our satellite imaging technology.

Images from the Nanosatellite

Tapan Misra, director of Space Application Centre said that the satellite has a camera capable of capturing clear night images in the far infrared spectrum. “The previous earth observation satellites did not have a payload that captured images in this spectrum,” he said.

Image from Microsat

The nanosatellite (INS-1C) is the third in the Indian Nano Satellite series. It has a miniature multispectral technology demonstration payload built by Space Applications Centre.

ISRO believes that this will help in understanding the topography mapping, vegetation, aerosol scattering and cloud studies of the areas that will be captured by the satellites.

Source: Times of India