Another feather in ISRO’s cap: 20 satellites placed into orbit by PSLV C-34 in one go

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) created a record of sorts when it’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) — 320 tonne PSLV C-34 — placed not one or two but 20 satellites, including 17 foreign satellites in half the cost incurred by other space agencies, into the space orbit. The foreign satellites included from Canada, Indonesia, Germany and the US. However, the main satellite of the total 20 was a 727-kg Indian earth observation satellite called Cartosat, which can take high-resolution images.
The launch also placed into orbit two Indian academic community-built satellites, Sathyabhamasat from Sathyabhama University, Chennai and Swayam from College of Engineering, Pune.
This was PSLV-C34 36th flight at 9.26am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The main passenger Cartosat-2 was placed into orbit at 9.44am, about 17minutes later.
The vehicle carried LAPAN A3 of Indonesia, BIROS of Germany, SKYSAT GEN 2-1 of US, MVV of Germany among the micro satellites, ISRO sources said.
The maximum number of satellites launched into orbit by one rocket in a single mission as of now wrests with Russia. It’s Dnepr rocket launched 37 satellites in 2014.
ISRO in fact was the first space agencies to set a world record for the highest number of satellites launched in a single mission when it placed 10 satellites in a PSLV in 2008. However, in 2013 Nasa broke the record when it placed 29 satellites in a single mission. NASA record was also short lived as Russia in 2014 launched 37 satellites in one launch.
Till now, ISRO has launched over 60 satellites of foreign clients and in the process are believed to have earned over $100 million.


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