The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has today created a world record by launching 20 satellites riding on one rocket. ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) took off from the launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 9:26AM IST. The PSLV-C34 is carrying India’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2, Google company Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen2, and 18 other satellites. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questionedAlso Read - Today's Google doodle is all about India's 'satellite man': Here's all you need to know
This is the first time ISRO is launching more than 10 satellites from one rocket, and by launching 20, it has created a new world record. The PSLV is carrying a weight of 1,288 kilograms, with India’s Cartosat-2 series satellite (725.5 kg) making the bulk of it. The Cartosat satellite, as the name suggests, will be useful for charting urban, rural, coastal land use, and water distribution among others. Also Read - ISRO joins hands with MapmyIndia to develop a Google Maps rival
ISRO has also launched a satellite from Chennai s Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune. Sathyabama’s 1.5kg Sathyabamasat satellite will be used to collect data on greenhouse gases, while Pune University’s 1 kg Swayam satellite will provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.
The rest of the load include satellites from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. Google’s Terra Bella has launched its 110 kg SkySat Gen2-1 satellite, which is an earth imaging satellite capable of capturing high resolution photos and videos. Canada is launching its 85 kg M3MSat, which is being jointly funded and managed by Defense Research and Development Canada and the Canadian Space Agency.