Being famous for its Famous Kumbh Mela that can be seen from the space or transporting its first rocket on a bicycle to its launching station, or to discover water on the moon, we Indians have come a long way. To add to her latest achievement India’s very own space research institute ISRO contributed a little more than what you mustn’t have known till now.
After injecting almost 20 big and small satellites into Polar Sun-synchronous Orbits on Wednesday, it was a record for India and for ISRO itself. However, apart then the fame which it brought to India, it brought more business and revenue to The Indian Space Research Organization which is famous for its launches and keeps an expertise in. It’s not a new victory for ISRO to launch the satellites in one go, the first attempt for something like such was already done in June 2008 by launching 10 satellites in a single mission.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) had a payload of 20 satellites out of which almost 18 of them were commercial satellites and the two were from the Indian academic institutes. This almost had brought good revenue for the project which ISRO had been working upon.
What was the objective?
The objective of the mission was to launch the primary satellite on the rocket, a 727.5 kg satellite on the Cartosat-2 series. The Cartosat satellites are made for recording cartographic information of the earth’s surface. Present Satellite is similar to Cartosat 2, 2A and 2B which were launched earlier. It will be working on similar purposes like for urban and rural land management, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like laying of road network or water pipelines, creation of land use maps, precision studies relating to changes in land use, and improving on land information systems, and strengthening of geographical information system (GIS) applications.
How many countries were involved in ISRO’S mission of lobbing the satellites?
Comprising of the 20 satellites, 17 of them were the commercial ones from the foreign lands such as Indonesia, Canada, Germany, United States. Thirteen of the satellites are from the USA including the 12 Dove satellites from Planet Lab’s organisation, each of which weighs just 4.7 kg. There are two Canadian satellites and one each from Germany and Indonesia.
Which were the two academic institute satellites from India?
It was a moment of grace and pride for the students of Sathyabama University, Chennai and College of Engineering, Pune who contributed in this achievement by making the two satellite projects which weighed just 1.5 kg and 1 kg. The Satyabhamsat satellite which was developed by S.U aims to collect data on greenhouse gases whereas, Swayam the satellite aims to provide point to point messaging services to HAM (amateur Radio) community.
With the highest number of deployments by an Indian Launcher, India puts itself strong in the face of the world. We wish for the next launch with the increased number of Indian satellites flying and situating through the Indian Launch.