Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday successfully placed a record of 20 satellites into orbit in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Here are the main highlights that all the people especially space enthusiasts should know.
- Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C34 was used to carry the satellites, including India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2, from the Second Launch Pad 9 (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
- PSLV-C34 launched 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
- ISRO said the total weight of all the 20 satellites carried on board PSLV-C34 is about 1,288 kg.
- The co-passengers include satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities.
- The space agency had earlier sent 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.
- In 2013, NASA launched 29 satellites in a single mission, and in 2014, Russia launched 33 satellites in one launch.
(With PTI inputs)