Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched record 20 satellites from its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre Shar in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.
After this launch by ISRO, India would be able to have a much better satellite oriented facility for a wide variety of applications,” said Minister of Science and Technology Jitendra Singh.
“Matter of satisfaction that among these 20 satellites,we have some of them from US, Indonesia,Canada,” he added.
The 48-hour countdown for the launch of India’s Cartosat-2 series and 19 other satellites slated for Wednesday, began on Monday morning, the Indian space agency said.
The rocket’s main cargo will be India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation.
The other 19 satellites weighing totally around 560 kg are from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one satellite each from Chennai’s Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune.
The rocket will blast off from the second launch pad with a total payload of 1,288 kg.
The whole mission will get over in around 26 minutes.
The images sent by Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other applications.
On the other hand, the 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University will collect data on green house gases while the 1 kg Swayam satellite from College of Engineering, Pune will provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.