By Launching 83 Satellites At Once, ISRO Set To Create World Record In Jan Next Year
Indian space agency ISRO is all set to launch 83 satellites in one go in January, next year, which will be a world record. No other space agency worldwide has launched 83 satellites at once. Using trusted PSLV-C37, ISRO will lift three Indian satellites and 80 foreign satellites next month.
Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said “We are working for a January launch. It will be toward the end of January. The date has to be fixed.”
The reports of this astonishing task came last month when Jitendra Singh in Loksabha said, “These international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangement between them and Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm and PSU under the ISRO.”
All the 80 foreign satellites belong to Netherlands, US, Israel, Kazakhstan and Switzerland. The collective weight of these foreign satellites will be nearly 500kg. The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series weighing 730 kg as primary payload, INS-IA and INS-1B, totally weighing 30 kg.
ISRO made it unsurpassed attempt in June this year when it launched 20 satellites using PSLV-C34 rocket from Sriharikota. ISRO has also launched 10 satellites simultaneously back in 2008.
Till date, ISRO has launched over 50 foreign satellites. Indian space agency will improve its own record for lifting the maximum numbers of foreign satellites by lifting up 80 foreign satellites in one go. Not only that, ISRO will hit the century of foreign satellite launches.
ISRO chief marked 2016 as a good year for India’s space exploration missions and hopes 2017 to be even better. He revealed that indian space agency is setting up to launch at least five communication satellites along with many more earth observatories in 2017.
Additionally, scientists are planning to use GSLV Mark III and then Mark II for more than one launch to test the launching of satellites with heavy payloads.
As per the schedule, we can expect three launches in first three months of the New Year including the launch of 83 satellites in one go.
“GSAT-17 is having another 48 transponders, then there is a SAARC satellite which will have about 12 transponders, then we are getting into the next generation GSAT-11 and GSAT-19. We are trying to do something like 14-gigabyte and 90-gigabyte type of thing- multi beam satellites,” said ISRO chief on transponder augmentation.
ISRO has attained reputation in International space market after the success of iconic Mangalyaan mission and successful GSLV launch which allowed Indian space agency to lift up heavier payload.
Now, foreign space agencies are demanding help of ISRO for their satellite launches. Space agencies like NASA are also willing to collaborate with ISRO for future space missions.
While commenting on the Chandrayaan 2– India’s second lunar mission, Kiran said that scientists are testing risk avoidance of the search which will allow the safe landing on the lunar surface.
Verification of safe landing is essential as it might entirely destroy million dollars mission.