ISRO launches 104 satellites in a single mission


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 15 February 2016 successfully launched a record 104 satellites by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in a single mission.
Current AffirsPSLV-C37 carrying the 104 satellites lifted off from the first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. It was PSLV's 39th flight.

Satellites placed
Out of the total 104 satellites placed in orbit, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries. They included 96 from the US and one each from Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan.

PSLV first injected its main payload Cartosat- 2 series, India's indigenously built earth observation satellite. It was followed by two other nanosatellites of Isro INS-1A and INS-1B.

Record Launch
Russian Space Agency held a record of launching 37 satellites in a single mission in June 2014. India previously launched 23 satellites in a single mission in June 2015.

Cartosat -2 Series
Equipped with panchromatic and multispectral cameras, the 664kg Cartosat -2 will provide remote sensing services similar to that of its predecessors.

Images from the satellite will be used for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other land information system (LIS) and geographical information system (GSI) applications.

INS-1A and INS-1B are versatile and modular nanosatellite bus system envisioned for future science and experimental payload.

Foreign satellites
Among the foreign satellites, 88 cube satellites belonged to San Francisco-based earth imaging startup Planet. With the launch, the company has increased its fleet to 143 satellites which will soon begin capturing images of the earth's entire landmass, including India, every day.

Eight other satellites belonging to Spire Global, US, will provide services for vessel tracking and weather measurement.

The nano satellites from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE are mostly technology demonstrators.
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Published on 2/15/2017 12:58:00 PM