It was a Historic Moment in Indian Space Research Organization. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Wednesday launched a record 20 satellites from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.
The 320-tonne Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-34/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission took place at 9:26 am to inject 20 satellites including 17 foreign satellites into orbit in a single mission. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C34 is being used to carry the satellites, including India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2, from the second launch pad of the space center.
The 20 satellites including its primary
- Payload Cartosat-2 series, which provides remote sensing services, and earth observation and imaging satellites from US,
- Canada, Germany and Indonesia. It was also 14th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’configuration with the use of solid strap-on motors.
- Cartosat-2 was placed in orbit at 9.44am. With Cartosat-2 weighing 727.5kg, PSLV lifted off a total of 1,288kg in to space and began placing the satellites into orbit about 17minutes later.
In the final stages of the mission, ISRO also demonstrated the vehicle’s capability to place satellites in different orbits. In the demonstration, the vehicle reignited twice after its fourth and final stage and moved further a few kilometers into another orbit.
List of co-passenger satellites be launched:
- *LAPAN-A3 from Indonesia
- *BIROS from Germany
- *M3MSat from Canada
- *SkySat Gen2-1 from USA
- *GHDSat-D from Canada
- *12 Dove Satellites from USA
- *Two academic/university satellites from India (SATHYABAMASAT and SWAYAM)
Indian Space Research Organization is charging only 60% of the fee charged by foreign space agencies to launch their satellites into space through PSLV. It has so far launched 57 foreign satellites.
In History, ISRO’s Biggest Accomplishments:
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) began launching foreign satellites on board PSLV in May 1999. It has so far Launched 57 foreign satellites.
In 2008, ISRO created a new Record for the highest number of satellites launched in a single mission when it placed 10 satellites in PSLV on April 28, 2008. Later on NASA placed 29 satellites in 2013 and then Russia placed 33 satellites in on launch.
In December 2015, when PSLV-C29 injected six Singapore satellites in to orbit, ISRO conducted a major experiment where the fourth stage was reignited and switched off after the satellites were placed in orbit.