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