Today on 22nd June 2016, India set a new record by launching 20 satellites in a single mission including 17 foreign satellites and 3 Indian.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched Polar Satellite launch vehicle (PSLV-C34) of 320-tonne at 9.26am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre with 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.
The PSLV-C34 mission is being called as the biggest ever mission for Indian Space agency.Among 20 satellites 17 were commercial satellites and 2 froe Of Engineering in Pune have sent one satellite each with PSLV-C34.
m Indian academic institutions. The main cargo is India’s 725.5 kg Carosat-2 series satellite for earth observation.The maximum number of satellites that ISRO has been able to launch in a single mission so far was ten in June 2008.
Carosat-2 series satellite is similar to the earlier Cat-2, 2A and 2B. The images sent by Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural , coastal land use, water distribution and other applications.
The total weight of all the satellites on the rocket is 1,288kg. 13 of the satellites are from USA including the 12 Dove satellites from Planet labs organisation, each of which weights 4.7kg. Two satellites are from Canada and one each from Germany and Indonesia.
According to ISRO, the 110 kg SkySat Gen2-1 belonging to Terra Bella, which is owned by Google. The small earth imaging satellite can capture sub-metre resolution imagery and high definition video. The Planet Lab’s Dove Satellites are also earth imaging satellites.The PSLV rocket also carries an 85 kg M3MSat from Canada.
The 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University will collect data on green house gases while the 1 kg Swayam satellite from College of Engineering, Pune will provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated our scientists for their monumental accomplishment.