Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch 328 foreign satellite on Saturday
India will launch 328 foreign satellites tomorrow
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is prepared for the launch on Saturday. If everything goes well with the rocketing of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C49 (PSLV-C49). ISRO completed its preparations with its PSLV ready with 328 foreign satellites for launch. The countdown clock is stared ticking, it will ring after 26-hours. The scheduled time for the rocket launch is 3.02 p.m. on the 7th of November. The launch will take place in Sriharikota rocket port.
The foreign satellites are from Lithuania, Luxembourg (4 maritime application satellites by Kleos Space), and the US (lemur multi-mission remote sensing satellites)
It is capable of taking pictures 24 x 7 night and day. It will be quite helpful for surveillance and civilian activities. The rocket’s primary payload is India’s Radar Imaging satellite EOS-01 (RISAT-2BR2) with SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar).
It is capable of shooting pictures in every weather condition.
Fun fact: World record is registered in the name of ISRO for launching the highest number of satellites in a single PSLV rocket in 2017 [i.e., 104 out of which 101 were foreign satellites].
Last year ISRO confirmed that the PSLV rocket weighed 52.7 tons, out of which 17% of the weight consists of customer satellites. This time ISRO didn’t confirm anything yet about the foreign payload and its weight.
The whole story started back in 1999 when India launched foreign satellites, A satellite from South Korea’s Kitsat-3 (weighing around 107 kg), and Germany’s DLR-Tubsat was weighing 45 kg. Both the satellites launched on Oceansat with PSLV-C2 rocket. From then on, India has launched 319 overseas satellites, which includes one Chinese satellite too. Most of the satellites were piggyback, and some of them were standalone.
Fun fact: In the last five years, ISRO has earned Rs.1245.17 crore from 26 countries.
In 2017-18 ISRO’s launch income was 232.56 crores, and in 2018-19, 324.19 crores.
In Rajya sabha 2019, Union Minister of State in the Department of Space and department of atomic energy Jitendra Singh said ten countries signed the commercial arrangements in the last five years. The name of the ten countries are as follows-
The US, The UK, France, Algeria, Malaysia, Japan, The Netherland, Singapore, Canada, and Germany.
Bulk satellites lofted by the ISRO’s rocket were the small ones; ISRO is building an SSLV (Small satellite Launch Vehicle to launch the satellites) to launch the satellites up to 500 kg. Reports say Two startups –
2.Agnikul Cosmos Pvt Ltd
are working on smaller rockets capable of a payload of 300kg and 100 kg named Vikram and Agnibaan, respectively.
All this information makes sure that we are in good hands, and the future of India’s space program will be even brighter. What do you think about it? Share your thoughts by commenting down below.