Creating history: India’s PSLV –C34 successfully launches 20 satellites into orbit in a single mission
The space agency of the Indian government, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully launches PSLV – C34, its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series into earth’s orbit this morning. The vehicle is carrying 20 satellites including those of Google company Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen2, and earth observation and imaging satellites from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.
With a total weight of all the 20 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C34 is about 1288 kg and it is the 36th flight of PSLV – Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. PSLV-C34 was launched today at 09:26 hrs (IST) from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh, India. It will be the fourteenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the rocket carries ISRO’s Cartosat satellite along with 19 other satellites from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one satellite each from Chennai’s Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune. Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other applications.