India sets record in space mission, launches 20 satellites in one go
June 22, 2016 2:13 AM (UTC+8)
Setting a record in its space program, India on Wednesday successfully launched 20 satellites, including its earth observation Cartosat-2 series, in a single mission on board ISRO’s workhorse PSLV-C34 from the spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
In a precision launch, PSLV-C34 took off from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9.26 am and placed the Cartosat-2 Series and 19 others in the designated polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) about 30 minutes later in clear skies.
The 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite will provide regular remote sensing services with its panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras and its imagery will be of multiple use.
Of the 19-satellites, 12 are earth imaging “Dove satellites” of U.S. and another American satellite. The rest are from Canada (two) and one each from Germany and Indonesia. Read More