ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) for the first time in history will launch a Google-made satellite! Yes, you read it right. On June 22, ISRO will script history not only for launching 20 record satellites in one go, but also for the fact that one of these twenty satellites has been built by Terra Bella, a Google company.
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.
ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) is scheduled to lift-off with the satellites at 9.26 AM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
Primarily, India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2 Series satellite, which is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B, and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off would be injected into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.
The 19 co-passengers include satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities. The total weight of all the 20 satellites is about 1,288 kg. We take a look at the other satellites that ISRO will launch, apart from indigenous Cartosat-2 Series satellite and Google-made SkySat Gen2-1:
LAPAN-A3 (Indonesia); Mass: 120 kg
LAPAN-A3 is an Indonesian micro satellite for Earth observation (multi-spectral remote sensing) for land use, natural resource and environment monitoring.
M3MSat (Canada); Mass: 85 kg
M3MSat (Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Micro-Satellite) is a technology demonstration mission jointly funded and managed by Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
The satellite’s primary mission is the collection and study of Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals from low-Earth orbit.
GHGSat-D (Canada); Mass: 25.5 kg
GHGSat-D is an Earth Observation satellite built by Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. GHGSat-D is meant for measuring atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases (Carbon Dioxide and Methane).
Biros (Germany); Mass: 130 kg
BIROS (Berlin Infrared Optical System) is a small scientific satellite from the German Aerospace Center. The main objective is the remote sensing of high temperature events.
Dove satellites (US); Mass: 4.7 kg each
The Planet Labs Dove Satellites (Flock-2P) are Earth imaging satellites. A total of twelve Dove satellites are carried in this mission inside three QuadPack dispensers.
University/Academic Institute Satellites from India:
Sathyabamasat (From Sathyabama University, Chennai); Mass: 1.5 kg
Mission objectives: To collect data on green house gases (water vapor, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen fluoride).
Swayam (From College of Engineering, Pune); Mass: 1 kg
Mission objectives: To provide point to point messaging services to the HAM Community