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‘Job Done,’ Says ISRO After Placing A Record 20 Satellites To Space: 10 Facts

ISRO creates history, launches 20 satellites in one go

ISRO launched a record 20 satellites into space in a 26 minute flight today from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota

ISRO launched a record 20 satellites into space in a 26 minute flight today from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota

Indian space agency ISRO today successfully placed in orbit a record 20 satellites carried by its flagship rocket in a 26-minute flight from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Here is the 10-point cheat sheet
  1. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has ‘done it’s job’, said ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar referring to a record launch of 20 satellites.
  2. The 320 tonne PSLV C-34 was carrying 17 foreign small satellites from Canada, Indonesia, Germany and the US but the main passenger was a 727 kg Indian earth observation satellite called Cartosat, which can take images at sub-meter resolution.
  3. The launch also placed into orbit two Indian academic community built satellites, Sathyabhamasat and Swayam.
  4. ISRO also launched 13 US-made small satellites into space, which includes an earth imaging satellite made by Terra Bella, a Google-owned company. The 110 kgGoogle satellite called SkySat Gen- 2 is capable of taking sub-meter resolution images and high definition video.
  5. On its 36th launch, the PSLV flew 20 satellites, weighing about 1288 kg, into space at a cost about 10 times less than other space agencies.



  6. Cartosat-2 Series is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B, and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off would be injected into a 505-km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.
  7. With 20 satellites, the Indian space agency beat its previous record of placing 10 satellites in April 2008.
  8. The rocket carried LAPAN A3 of Indonesia, BIROS of Germany, SKYSAT GEN 2-1 of US, MVV of Germany among the micro satellites, ISRO sources said.
  9. With this launch, ISRO is ready to take on private billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos who have entered the space launch business and offer far cheaper space launches.
  10. Till now, ISRO has launched 57 satellites for foreign vendors from about 20 countries, earning about $ 100 million in the bargain.




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ISRO launched a record 20 satellites into space in a 26 minute flight today from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota

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