ISRO is preparing to launch 21 satellites in a single launch by end of May, 2106. These satellites will be launched through Polar Satellite launch vehicle namely PSLV- C33.
These 21 satellites would consist of satellites of commercial enterprises, foreign government and non-government satellites, satellites of Indian Universities among others. The largest of these satellites will be Cartosat- 2C.
Characteristics of Cartosat- 2C
- Cartosat- 2C is India’s high resolution, earth observation satellite weighing around 700 kgs.
- Its camera can spot objects that are 60 cm wide or long.
- It is primarily meant to cater to military’s requirements.
Past Missions involving multiple launches
- NASA holds a record of placing the highest number of 29 satellites in orbit in a single launch in year 2013.
- ISRO has launched 10 satellites in orbit in a single launch in year 2008.
Advantage of mastering capability to launch multiple satellites in single mission
Large number of satellites in a single mission adds to ISRO’s capability to service more and more satellites commercially.