ISRO making History - Launching Record 104 Satellites
Today on 15th February 2017, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to create history by launching a record 104 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
- These satellites will be launched at 9.28 am, is the highest number to be launched in a single mission. Russia is only to achieve maximum launching of 37 in 2014 and India's Isro’s current record stands at 20 satellites in 2016.
- On 15th February 2017 out of the 104 spacecraft, three are Indian satellites of the Cartosat-2 series. The others are nanosatellites from Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA.
- The commercial launching operations of Isro have become increasingly popular mainly because of its much lower costs than other countries. That the main reason why many countries are coming to India for launching their satellites.
- For this mission, ISRO hopes to recover about half of its total cost through payments from foreign customers. “We want to make optimum use of our capacity. We initially wanted to launch three of our satellites, of which one weighs 730 kg and the other two 19 kg each. As there was additional space for 600 kg, we decided to accommodate the 101 nanosatellites,” said Isro chairman AS Kiran Kumar.
- The PSLV has a payload capacity of more than 1,500 kilos, but it’s carrying only 1,360 on this mission.
- Countries satellites launching - 3 India, 96 USA, 01 Israel, 01 Kazakhstan, 01 Netherlands, 01 Switzerland, 01 UAE.
Cartosat-2 series satellites – equipped with panchromatic and multispectral image sensors – are earth observation spacecraft that provide remote sensing services. Data captured by these satellites can be used to monitor road networks, map land use and effect proper water distribution.