NEWS | India's ISRO Successfully Launched 104 Satellites in a Single Mission

NEWS | India's ISRO Successfully Launched 104 Satellites in a Single Mission

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Image Attribute:  PSLV-C37 Liquid Stage at Stage Processing Facility / Source: ISRO

Image Attribute:  PSLV-C37 Liquid Stage at Stage Processing Facility / Source: ISRO

Feb 15 - India's Space Agency, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched a record 104 satellites in one go on Wednesday morning on board of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) - XL Variant, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Image Attribute: Fully integrated PSLV-C37 seen with Mobile Service Tower / Source: ISRO

Image Attribute: Fully integrated PSLV-C37 seen with Mobile Service Tower / Source: ISRO

The PSLV-C37 carried a 714 kg CARTOSAT-2 as the main satellite for earth observation and 103 smaller ‘nanosatellites’ which weighed a combined 664 kg. In total, the entire launch carried a satellite mass of about 1,378 kg.

Image Attribute: PSLV-C37 First Stage integrated at Vehicle Assembly Building / Source: ISRO

Image Attribute: PSLV-C37 First Stage integrated at Vehicle Assembly Building / Source: ISRO

The Cartosat satellites are being launched to provide remote sensing services.Images sent by it will have useful applications in coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water and creation of land use maps, among others.

The Cartosat-2 Series has a mission life of five years.

The two Indian nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B were developed as co-passenger satellites to accompany bigger satellites on PSLV-C37.

The primary objective of INS (ISRO nanosatellite) is to provide an opportunity for ISRO technology demonstration payloads, provide a standard bus for launch on demand services.

INS-1A carries Surface Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function Radiometer and INS-1B carried Earth Exosphere Lyman Alpha Analyser as payloads.

Along with above mentioned payloads, 101 co-passengers one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the U.A.E and a whopping 96 from the US out of which 88  American satellites belong to a San Francisco based start-up company Planet Inc. which sent a swarm of small 4.7 kg each satellite it calls 'Doves'. This constellation will image earth with a high repeat rate providing satellite imagery at an affordable cost.

Image Attribute:  Cartosat-2 Series Satellite undergoing Panel Deployment Test / Source: ISRO

Image Attribute:  Cartosat-2 Series Satellite undergoing Panel Deployment Test / Source: ISRO

With reporting by ISRO Press Department, Prasar Bharti, and Hindustan Times
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