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Isro to reach 100 foreign satellite launch milestone soon

Chennai: India will soon touch the magic figure of launching 100 foreign satellites, said a senior official of Isro.

According to Antrix Corporation – the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), India till date has launched 74 satellites from 20 countries.

ISRO launches PSLV - C29. Image courtesy: Official ISRO websiteISRO launches PSLV - C29. Image courtesy: Official ISRO website

Isro launches PSLV – C29. Image courtesy: Official Isro website

On Monday morning an Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch five more foreign satellites.

If the launch is successful, then the total number of foreign satellites launched for a fee would touch 79.

Next month India will be launching two more foreign satellites.

“In couple of launches, we hope to touch the magic number of launching 100 foreign satellites,” the Isro official, who did not want to be named, told IANS.

India started launched foreign satellites in 1999 mostly as a piggyback to its main cargo. The piggyback is done mainly to fill up the rocket’s capacity.

While such piggyback satellites are small in size, Isro has been getting orders for satellite launches as a full payload since 2007 when it launched Agile, an Italian satellite.

In August, Antrix said it has bagged orders for launch of 68 foreign satellites.

Touching the magic figure of 100 foreign satellite launches will not be a major challenge as Isro is adept in launching multiple satellites with a single rocket.

Watch: ISRO sets record, launches 20 satellites in one go

Scripting history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched 20 satellites, including 17 foreign payloads, using its flagship rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C34 from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.The launched vehicle lifts off with India’s Cartosat 2 series satellite meant for earth observations as the primary payload and 19 other micro and nano satellites. Making two unique records, ISRO launched an unprecedented 20 payloads in a single mission from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The mission would long for 26 and a half minutes by which time all satellites will be put into a polar synchronous orbit of 505 km height one by one.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, the fourth stage engine of the rocket is going to be subjected to a complex experiment by re-igniting it twice to check for its ability to launch many satellites at different heights in a single mission.

ISRO clears 48-hour countdown for launching of PSLV-C34

Indian Space Research Organisation on Sunday night said it has cleared the 48-hour countdown, starting Monday morning, for the launch of record 20 satellites in a single mission on June 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C34 will be used to carry the satellites, including India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2, from the second launch pad of the space centre at 9.26 AM on June 22.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board have cleared the 48-hour countdown starting at 09.26 hr IST on Monday, June 20, 2016 and the launch of PSLV-C34/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission for Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 09.26hr IST,” a senior ISRO official told PTI.The space agency had earlier sent 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.PSLV-C34 will launch 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).ISRO said the total weight of all the 20 satellites carried on board PSLV-C34 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.

Space shuttle launch a result of our scientist’s efforts: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated scientists on the successful launch of India’s first indigenously made space shuttle- the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV).

“Launch of India’s first indigenous space shuttle RLV-TD is the result of the industrious efforts of our scientists.Congrats to them,” he said in a tweet.

“The dynamism & dedication with which our scientists & @isro have worked over the years is exceptional and very inspiring,” the Prime Minister added.

India on Monday successfully launched the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

RLV, being dubbed as India’s own space shuttle, is the unanimous solution to achieve low cost, reliable and on-demand space access, according to ISRO scientists.

RLV-TD is a series of technology demonstration missions that have been considered as a first step towards realising a Two Stage To Orbit (TSTO) fully re-usable vehicle.

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