The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is on the cusp of making history when it sends 104 satellites into orbit on its PSLV-C37 rocket on February 15.
First Time in History of Space Program ISRO Launches 104 satellites:
No space agency has launched such a large number of satellites in a single flight so far.
The Previous Record was held by Russia for Launching 37 Satellites in June 2014. ISRO did a Remarkable Achievement by Launching 104 satellites in a single Go.
ISRO had a Reputation that it had never failed a single instance for the past 30 years.
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 Isro’s commercial launching operations have become increasingly popular because it is able to do so at much lower costs than other countries. The agency, which enters into agreements with foreign players through commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited, has been carrying out such launches since 1999.
For this mission, the agency hopes to recover about half of its total cost through payments from foreign customers.
The PSLV will carry a main remote-sensing satellite in the Cartosat-2 series and two small spacecraft, all for ISRO, and 101 small foreign commercial satellites.
Notably, in ISRO’s first mission of 2017, a single U.S. Earth-imaging company, Planet, has made an eye-popping bulk booking for 88 of its small ‘cubesats’.
Planet, an earth observation company formed in 2010 by former NASA scientists, has chosen ISRO’s PSLV launch for the second time. It got its earlier set of 12 ‘Doves’ launched in June last year.
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, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday.
The satellites, to be launched at 9.28 am, will be the highest number to be launched in a single mission.
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.