ISRO launched 20 satellites on Wednesday through a single rocket, breaking their earlier record in 2008 of launching 10 satellites in a single mission.
While PSVL C-34 rocket was launched at 9.25 am on Wednesday from the Second Launch Pad in Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, Cartosat-2 Series was released 16 minutes later.
These were followed in quick succession in the next ten minutes by the remaining satellites which included one for a Google owned company, all of which successfully made their way to their intended orbits. These 20 satellites included two student satellites from Indian Universities (one from COEP) along with 17 of four foreign countries.
A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO regaled this historic and successful launch as the current generation Earth observation satellite while ISRO received hearty congratulations from PM Narendra Modi on this outstanding accomplishment.
India’s PSVL-C34 rocket circled earth for 90 minutes at speed of 7.7 km per second and injected 20 satellites into orbit. It carried India’s latest earth observation Cartosat-2 Series which alsi included the Swayam made by College of Engineering Pune and Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University in Chennai while the others were from Germany, US, Canada and Indonesia.
Cartosat-2 series satellite with a total weight of 725.5 kgs will function for Earth observation while imagery would serve for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications besides costal land use, regulation and utility management of road networks. This outstanding mission puts India right after Russia which launched 33 satellites in a single mission in 2014 while NASA launched 29 satellites in 2013.