India scripts history! ISRO's PSLV C-34 successfully injects Cartosat-2, 19 other satellites into orbit

India today successfully launched 20 satellites, including its earth observation Cartosat-2 series.

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:47

Sriharikota: Setting a record, India on Wednesday successfully launched 20 satellites, including 17 foreign payloads in a single mission on board ISRO's workhorse PSLV-C34 from the spaceport here. The PSLV-C34 lifted off successfully with the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat, Google company Terra Bella's SkySat Gen2-1 and 18 other satellites.

22 June 2016, 10:26 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses immense happiness over ISRO's latest feat.

The PM congratulates the entire team of the space agency on the monumental accomplishment.

Lauding the efforts of students from Chennai's Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune. PM Modi says: "Saw with immense joy that students from institutions in Pune & Chennai played a role in the making of satellites. This touched me."

"As a common citizen, was totally immersed in happiness to see our youngsters excelling & taking so much interest in science."

22 June 2016, 10:25 AM

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22 June 2016, 10:25 AM

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulates ISRO.

22 June 2016, 10:20 AM

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury says, ISRO lives up to independent India's proud legacy in science and technology.

"Heartiest congratulations to scientists and team at ISRO's Satish Dhawan Space Centre for the successful launch of 20 satellites in one rocket," Yechury says. 

22 June 2016, 10:03 AM

Know about the satellites that were launched by ISRO:

22 June 2016, 09:58 AM

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulates ISRTO on the historic launch.

He tweets:

22 June 2016, 09:56 AM

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh says, "ISRO has been instrumental in leading India's charge of becoming a global leader in satellite launch technology."

22 June 2016, 09:49 AM

Commenting on the successful launch of record 20 satellites from Sriharikota, ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar says the team has accomplished a major landmark.

22 June 2016, 09:45 AM

PSLV C-34 injects Cartosat-2 series and 19 satellites into orbit.

22 June 2016, 09:28 AM

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) lifts off successfully with the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat, Google company Terra BellaÂ’s SkySat Gen2-1 and 18 other satellites.

22 June 2016, 09:24 AM

ISRO launches record 20 satellites in a single PSLV rocket from Sriharikota.

22 June 2016, 08:43 AM

Union Minister Jitinder Singh says it's a matter of pride and satisfaction for the country, as among the 20 satellites some of them are from US, Indonesia and Canada.

22 June 2016, 08:30 AM

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22 June 2016, 08:16 AM

The 48-hour countdown began on Monday at 9.26 am for the launch of 20 satellites onboard PSLV C-34 from Sriharikota today.

The PSLV rocket will launch its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series and also 19 more including that of Google company Terra Bella's SkySat Gen2, of former NASA employee's Planet Labs Dove Satellites and others.

Cartosat-2 Series is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B, and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off would be injected into a 505-km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.

According to ISRO, the total weight of all the 20 satellites is about 1,288 kg.

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 images sent by Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other applications.

In 2008, the ISRO had launched 10 satellites with the PSLV rocket.