New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation has been giving many proud moments to our country by showcasing its space prowess.
In the last two years, ISRO has launched around six satellites building India's might in space. ISRO is slowly moving towards its aim to use space technology in innumerable ways to help in nation building.
The Indian space organisation on Wednesday launched a record of 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, lets go into flashback mode and have a look at ISRO's major launches over the last two years.
Mars Orbiter Mission
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, was India’s first interplanetary mission to the planet Mars. India became the first country in the world to insert a spacecraft into the Martian orbit in its very first attempt. The MOM entered Mars orbit on 24 September 2014.
GSLV Mk-III, the first experimental flight of ISRO's heaviest and upgraded rocket vehicle was launched on December 18, 2014 from Sriharikota. It was conceived and designed to make ISRO fully self-reliant in launching heavier communication satellites of INSAT-4 class, which weigh 4,500 to 5,000 kg.
Astrosat, India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory, was successfully launched onboard a PSLV-C30 rocket on September 28, 2015. With this, India became the fourth country in the world to have launched its own space observatory after the US, Russia and Japan.
India's latest communication satellite GSAT-15 was successfully launched by Ariane-5 rocket on early morning of November 11, 2015 from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana.
Heralding a new era, ISRO successfully placed into orbit five British satellites using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C28, in a landmark mission in July 2015. This was the heaviest commercial luggage carried by a PSLV rocket till date with the five satellites weighing around 1,440 kg.
Navic or IRNSS-1G
ISRO successfully launched its seventh and last satellite of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation, IRNSS-1G into the orbit in April 2016. With this launch, India completed its landmark mission for a regional navigational system on par with US-based GPS.