The Cartosat-1 satellite that was launched by the Indian space agency on Thursday might have a much longer life expectancy as planned. Cartosat-1 was put into precise orbit while launching - this saved fuel that can be used to prolong the life of the satellites.
The Indian Space Research Organization reports the satellite is working smoothly. The cameras will be functional in a day or two and the satellites will become fully functional within 1.5 months.
The Cartosat-1 satellite will be used to help urban and rural planning, relief operations, water management and environmental assessments in India.