ISRO successfully launched record 104 satellites including Cartosat-2 in single mission
Posted on:15 Feb 2017 10:34:46
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15 February 2017 Current Affairs: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched a record 104 satellites including Cartosat-2 in a single mission on 15 February 2017. The heavy duty rocket PSLV C37 carrying will lift off at 9:28 am from Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The satellites will be injected in a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit at different slots at different angles and at different times.
With this launch, ISRO successfully created a world record of inserting the highest number of satellites into space in a single launch. Its previous personal record was of sending 20 satellites in one go.
The last count of the highest number of satellites launched in a single mission is 37 by Russia in 2014. This is the first time the count exceeds a hundred.
Payloads of PSLV-C37
India’s Cartosat-2 Series satellite weighing 714 kilograms, which is meant for earth observation. It has a sharp resolution to provide quality earth images to its customers.
Other 103 payloads of the launch included two other nano-satellites are from India and all the remaining 101 nano-satellites are from foreign customers including 96 from the US and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Nederland, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. All these 103 payloads together weighed 664 kilograms.
Apart from principal payload Cartosat-2 series satellite and two more nano-satellites weighing less than 10 kilograms, 101 other co-passengers are from foreign countries. They include one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE and 96 from the US.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was launched after a 28-hour countdown for the launch that started at 5:28 AM on 14 February 2017. This was the 39th flight of PSLV into space.
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