Setting a world record, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday (Feb 15) successfully launched 104 satellites in PSLV-C37 rocket and send them to orbit at one go.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO and said: “This remarkable feat by ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists.:
Here are 10 facts that you need to know about ISRO’s record-breaking satellite launch:
1. In its 39th flight (PSLV-C37), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series satellite along with 103 co-passenger satellites in the orbit at one go.
2. PSLV-C37 lifted off at 0928 hrs (9:28 am) IST from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
3. The total weight of 104 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C37 was 1378 kg.
4. This was PSLV’s 38th consecutively successful mission.
5. Of the 103 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C37, two – ISRO Nano Satellite-1 (INS-1) weighing 8.4 kg and INS-2 weighing 9.7 kg – are technology demonstration satellites from India.
6. The remaining 101 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (96), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1) and UAE (1).
7. With this feat, India broke the record of Russia created in 2014 when the country sent 37 satellites in the orbit in a single launch via a modified inter-continental ballistic missile.
8. According to the Department of Space, the imagery from the Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful 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 (GIS) applications.
“The data sets could be used for urban planning of 500 cities under the Amrut Planning Scheme. The government initiative of 100 smart city programme in which these data sets could be used for master plan preparation and detailed geospatial data preparation for rural roads and infrastructure development,” said the Department of Space in a press release.
9. The total number of Indian satellites launched by PSLV now stands at 46.
10. The total number of customer satellites from abroad launched by PSLV so far is 180.