ISRO created a world record by successfully putting 104 satellites into orbit. This demonstrates efficiency in ‘slow release’ of nano-satellites into orbit or handling of complex launches. It also proves launch ability of payloads at a competitive price. Lastly, it opens a promising market for customers looking for opportunities to place micro satellites for commercial and research purposes.
The Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off successfully with 104 satellites, including the country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series, from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. The single rocket first released the 714kg, Earth observation, mapping satellite Cartosat-2. It was followed by 2 other Indian satellites, INS-1A & INS-1B. They are carrying experimental payloads of the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad and the laboratory for Electro Optics Systems.
The co-passenger satellites comprised 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE and 96 from the US. Of the 96 from US, atleast 90 belong to San Francisco-based, Planet Inc for imaging earth.