India’s space agency ISRO will launch a record-breaking at one go 103 satellites on the single rocket in the month of February in what this will be a major feat which is not attempted by any of the countries. All the satellites in one go but three of them are foreign. As India likes to grab a larger slice of the commercial space market – out of 103 satellites, 100 set for launch by ISRO’s workhorse rocket PSLV-C37 in February from its own Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh which belongs to foreign nations, which includes the US and Germany.
ISRO – World record breaking in 2017
“The ISRO is making a century by launching over 100 satellites at one way,” said the S.Somnath who is the Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). And he also told a complete session on the second day of the ongoing Indian Science Congress is here today. The space agency had planned earlier as a launch of 83 satellites in the last week of January, in that which 80 satellites were foreign ones. But with the addition to that 20 more foreign satellites, so the launch was delayed by a week and which will take place in the first week of February, as he said. However, he did not specify any number of countries which would launch its satellites in that particular mission, but he said that includes nations like the US and Germany.
The satellites will be like 100 micro-small satellites, which can be launched using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) – C37. Mr Somnath also added the weight of the payload would be 1350 kgs, in which 500 – 600 kgs will be the weight of the satellite. This time launch will be major feet in country’s space history as no task on this scale has been attempted or executed before. Last year, ISRO had launched and recorded as 20 satellites at one go, but this year it breaks the record. The highest number of satellites were launched in a single mission was 37 as a record that Russia set in the year 2014. The US space agency NASA launched 29 satellites.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s favoured South Asian satellite project which will take off in March. M. Nageshwara Rao, Associate Director of ISRO, said, the South Asian satellite which will be a part of GSAT -9, that will be launched in March in this year.
The communication satellite which was to be launched in December 2016 but there was slightly slowed as some other satellites are to be launched before that. The sources said that talks with Afghanistan have to onboard the country for the project which is in its final stages. The project which beholds as a gift to its neighbours, earlier known as SAARC satellite which faced solid resistance from Pakistan. The neighbouring countries wanted it to be launched under the sponsorship of the South Asian regional forum. This later backed out of the project from the country. Apart from India, the satellite also gives benefits to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Bangladesh.