India Sets New Record With PSLV C-34, Launches 20 Satellites in Single Space Mission

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With Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C34 India sets a new record of sending 20 satellites in space on Wednesday, 22nd June 2016. The PSLV-C34 took off on its 36th flight at 9.26AM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

It includes 3 satellites from India namely Cartosat-2 series satellite, SATHYABAMASAT weighing 1.5 kg and SWAYAM weighing 1 kg. It also includes 17 foreign. Out of 17 foriegn satellites, 13 satellites were from the US, including one made by a Google, two were from Canada, one each from Germany and Indonesia.

Weighing at 727.5 kg, the Cartosat-2 series satellite will be used in a wide variety of cartography applications. The list of applications for the Cartosat-2 would be,

  • coastal land use and regulation
  • urban and rural applications
  • utility management like road network monitoring
  • water distribution
  • creation of land use maps
  • precision study
  • change detection to bring out geographical and man made features and
  • Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.

SATHYABAMASAT and SWAYAM are University/Academic institute satellites and were built with the involvement of students from Sathyabama University, Chennai and College Of Engineering, Pune, respectively.

Foreign Satellites information are as follows:

  1. LAPAN-A3 From Indonesia
  2. BIROS from Germany
  3. M3MSat and GHGSat-D from Canada
  4. SkySat gen 2-1 and Twelve Dove Satellites from USA.

 

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