Indian Space Research Organization is all set to create history again by launching a record number of 22 satellites in a single mission - the highest number for ISRO so far.
About the launch:
- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV C34, which will carry India's remote sensing satellite Cartosat 2C, will also have 21 other satellites to be injected into the orbit.
- These will include four micro-satellites weighing 85 to 130 kg each and 17 nano-satellites weighing 4 to 30 kg. 18 of these satellites are being launched for foreign agencies including US, Canada, Indonesia and Germany. Two of the nano-satellites have been developed by the Pune Engineering College and Sathyabama University, Chennai.
- The micro-satellites include:
- Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite (M3MSAT) of Canada, to be used for collection and study of automatic identification system signals from low earth orbit.
- LAPAN A3 of Indonesia for earth surveillance and magnetic field monitoring.
- German satellite BIROS meant for remote sensing of high temperature events.
- SKYSAT Gen2-1 from the US that will be used for earth imaging.
- The satellites will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. Prior to this, NASA had set the world record by sending 29 satellites in a single launch in 2013.