Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, has launched 20 satellites from from Sriharikota relying on its workhorse PSLV C-34.
ISRO has yet again scripted history, this time with the record launch of 20 satellites in one go! Indian Space Research Organisation, or ISRO, has launched 20 satellites from from Sriharikota relying on its workhorse PSLV C-34.
ISRO had also created a record in 2008 for placing 10 satellites into various low earth orbits in a single launch.
What’s special about this launch from ISRO? We take a look:
1) Besides India’s Cartosat-2 Series satellite, ISRO has placed 19 other satellites in orbit. The total weight of all the 20 satellites is about 1,288 kg.
2) The imagery sent by the Cartosat-2 satellite will be useful cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and man made features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.
3) One satellite that stands out from the lot of 20 is that of Terra Bella, a Google company. In a first, ISRO has launched a Google-made satellite! SkySat Gen2-1, or SkySat3, is a small Earth imaging satellite designed and built by Terra Bella, a Google company based in Mountain View, California, US. The satellite will be capable of capturing sub-meter resolution imagery and HD video. It has a mass of 110 kg.
Watch: ISRO scripts history, launches PSLV C-34 with 20 satellites
4) The co-passengers included satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities.
5) The mission carried LAPAN A3 of Indonesia, BIROS of Germany, SKYSAT GEN 2-1 of US, MVV of Germany among the micro satellites.