ISRO set to launch 20 satellites in one go…

RSTV Bureau
Sriharikota: ISRO's communication satellite GSAT-6 on board GSLV-D6 which will be launched from the spaceport of Sriharikota on August 27, 2015.  Photo - PTI

Sriharikota: ISRO’s communication satellite GSAT-6 on board GSLV-D6 which will be launched from the spaceport of Sriharikota on August 27, 2015.
Photo – PTI

The Indian Space Research Organisation, (ISRO) is all set to script History on Wednesday when it launches 20 satellites in one go. One of these satellites is built by Terra Bella, a Google company.

ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) is scheduled to lift-off with the satellites at 9.26 AM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.

SkySat Gen2-1, or SkySat3, is a small Earth imaging satellite designed and built by Terra Bella, a Google company based in Mountain View, California, US. The satellite will be capable of capturing sub-meter resolution imagery and HD video. It has a mass of 110 kg.

India’s Satellites Sathyabamasat and Swayam are also part of the 20-contingent readied for Wednesday launch. Sathyabamasat is developed by Sathyabama University in Chennai is expected to collect data on green house gases like water vapor, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen fluoride. Swayam, developed by a Pune based Engineering college provides point to point messaging services to the HAM Community after deployed in orbit.

The 48-hour countdown for the historic launch of 20 satellites, including India’s latest earth observation Cartosat-2 Series Satellite, onboard PSLV C-34 from Sriharikota began on Monday.
According to ISRO, the total weight of all the 20 satellites is about 1,288 kg. The co-passengers include satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities.

The mission would carry LAPAN A3 of Indonesia, BIROS of Germany, SKYSAT GEN 2-1 of US, MVV of Germany among the micro satellites, ISRO sources had earlier said.

After creating a record for placing 10 satellites into various low earth orbits in a single launch 2008, ISRO is all set for the new record of launching 20 satellites, including those from the US, Germany, Canada and Indonesia. ISRO’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) is scheduled to lift-off with the satellites at 9.26 AM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, about 100 km from here in Andhra Pradesh, on June 22.

India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2 Series satellite, which is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B, and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off would be injected into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.