ISRO hit Record in satellite launch
ISRO hit record in satellite launch at 9:28 am on Wednesday, PSLV-37 successfully lifted off from the spaceport at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
It is a Proud moment for India, where 104 satellites placed in orbit one by one successfully.
According to ISRO, “Cartosat2 Series-2” Satellite with 103 Copassenger Nanosatellites ( 2 nanosatellites INS-1A & INS-1B from ISRO-ISAC & 101 Nanosatellites from other countries) was successfully launched onboard PSLV-C37 on 15-Feb-2017.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday set a new precedent when it comes to launching satellites. It has successfully launched the PSLV-37 rocket which put in to orbit a record 104 satellites from seven countries.
Using the time-tested and popular Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), ISRO surpassed its personal best of sending up 20 satellites in one go.
The bar, however, was previously set by Russia in 2014 when it launched 37 satellites in a single mission
- PSLV-C37 carrying the 104 satellites lifted off from Sriharikota at 9.28am.
- 17 minutes later, rocket started placing satellites into orbit, one by one.
- PSLV first injected its main payload Cartosat-2 series
What is the payload?
88 of the 104 satellites are owned by US-based Company Planet. Each satellite measures 10cm x 10 cm x 30cm and weighs about 4.7 kg.
What is Satellite application?
This flock of 88 satellites will take Planet’s constellation to 100. They will create the most detailed imagery of the earth’s surface.
What is in it for India?
The PSLV-C37 rocket is also carrying a Cartosat-2 series satellite that will be used for a producing high-resolution image of the Indian landmass.
How the world see this achievement:
After scripting history by successfully launching 104 satellites using single rocket on Wednesday, India has emerged as a ‘key player’ in the global space race.
The launch was “another success for the Indian Space Research Organisation, which is rapidly gaining a reputation globally for its effective yet low-cost missions,” The Washington Post said, noting that India has already sent up dozens of satellites, including 20 at once last year.
The New York Times said that by sending a flock of 104 satellites into space within minutes, nearly tripling the previous record for single-day satellite launches, establishes India as a “key player” in a growing commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication.
What is the next plan of ISRO?
After successful launch, ISRO plan to launch two more satellites including SAARC satellite next month. Read in this article for more details.