ISRO launches record 20 satellites in one go

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has created a new record by launching 20 satellites, including those from the U.S, 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.

The 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite will provide regular remote sensing services with its panchromatic and multispectral cameras and its imagery will be of multiple use.

Of the 19-satellites, 12 are earth imaging “Dove satellites” of USA and another American satellite. The rest are from Canada (two) and one each from Germany and Indonesia.

Two academic satellites are from Sathyabama University (Sathyabamasat) in Chennai and from College of Engineering (Swayam) at Pune.

Use of Cartosat 2 includes cartographic, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring and water distribution.

(Agency)

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