India’s PSLV C37 launches with Cartosat 2 & 103 Satellites

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India’s PSLV C37 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) C37 is set to launch on February 15 2017, carrying 103 satellites with Cartosat -2 series satellite. Yes, it’s a new world record by India.

World Record Breaking

This launch will be huge step, as an attempt of this scale has never been made before. The previous world record is held by Russian rocket Dnepr, which launched 39 satellites at one go in June 2014.

It’s launching from Sriharikota (ISRO), totally 104 satellites. Till last week, the plan was to launch 83 satellites. But the ISRO decided to up to 100 in a single mission following the addition of 20 more foreign satellites. It also delayed the launch by one week, said S Somnath, Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre of the ISRO.

The PSLV C 37 will carry one satellite of the Cartosat series and two small ISRO satellites. And the rest (100 satellites) are small commercial satellites.

PSLV C37 – Cartosat – 2 Series Satellite

Which is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C37. This satellite is similar to the earlier four satellites of cartosat-2-series. This satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.

Most of the smaller satellites are from the US and will be launched on a commercial basis. The rest belongs to other nations including France and Germany.

PSLV C37 Cartosat series 2 103 satellites World record India
Image: ISRO

 

Source: ISRO

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