Voila! ISRO set to launch 103 satellites at one go to boost the rocket’s capability and utility
Source :News Bharati English   Date :12-Jan-2017

Bengaluru, January 12: Indian Space Research Organization ISRO has brought many feathers into its wings and made country proud globally. When it comes to space research ISRO has always set success goals for other countries. Likewise ISRO is about to make a record by launching 103 satellites at one go by end of February or by early March.

With the launch of 103 satellites ISRO is going to carry out such massive exercise for the first time ever in its history. Out of these 103 satellites 3 of them belong to India and others belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, U.S, Germany etc. The chairman of ISRO A.S. Kiran Kumar said that "By launching 103 satellites together using one rocket next month, we are trying to maximise its capability and optimally utilize it for maximum return on investment.”

This launching of 103 satellites will take place on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV- C37) in the first week of February from the Sriharikota spaceport of Andhra Pradesh. The total combined weight of those foreign satellites will be about 590 kg and the total rocket’s weight will be about 1,350 kg.

Minister of State for the Space Department, Dr Jitendra Singh said that “I think so far, in a single launch, the maximum number of satellites has been about 37 or 38, with launch of 103 satellites at one go the prime driver for all this effort is to optimise capability of its launch vehicles.”

"The satellites are a constellation for earth's observation from lower orbital space. It includes three Indian satellites - the 730 kg Cartosat-2D and two Inertial Navigational System INS-IA and INS-1B, with 30kg combined weight," said A.S.Kiran Kumar about the margin of technology. A date for the launch is yet to be fixed but the space agency is working towards this by end of the month, he added.

The satellites belonging to India are the ones which are meant for cartography and will be observatory for the earth. The foreign satellites have not yet specified for what they are going to be used for. While the intention was not to look for any record, the country’s ace space agency is trying to maximise capacity in each launch and this is another effort in that direction, Kiran Kumar said.