The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has created a new record by launching 20 satellites, including those from the US, Germany, Canada and Indonesia, in a single mission on Wednesday from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C-34 (PSLV) carried India’s latest earth observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, two satellites of Indian academic institutions and 17 satellites of various international customers at 9.26 am on Wednesday from Shar.The 48-hour countdown activity for the launch began on Monday at 9.26 am and ISRO said it progressed smoothly. The countdown began after the launch authorisation board (LAB) gave its nod and filling of Mixed Oxides of Nitrogen (MON-3) of PS4 was completed Monday.
Cartosat-2 Series is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B, and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighed about 560 kg at lift-off. The Cartosat-2 series satellite is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C34. This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B. After its injection into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit by PSLV-C34, the satellite will be brought to operational configuration following which it will begin providing regular remote sensing services using Panchromatic and Multispectral cameras. PSLV-C34 Panoramic view of fully integrated PSLV-C34 with all the 20 Spacecrafts being moved to second launch pad (SLP). The imagery sent by the satellite will be useful cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS)
applications. According to ISRO, the total weight of all the 20 satellites was about 1,288 kg.
The co-passengers included satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities. The mission will carry LAPAN A3 of Indonesia, BIROS of Germany, SKYSAT GEN 2-1 of US, MVV of Germany among the micro satellites, ISRO sources had earlier said. On Tuesday, a team of senior scientists of ISRO led by Mr V. Jayaraman had offered prayers at the holy shrine in Tirumala after placing the replica of PSLV-C34 at the feet of the presiding deity.