ISRO set to launch record 22 satellites in single mission

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.

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