After a series of successes, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now set to create another record by launching 22 satellites in a single mission.
The announcement about the same was made by ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar on May 28:
“After the current reusable launch vehicle, the next experiment that we have to do, we have to worry about that. Other than that, next month we have a launch where we will be launching about 22 satellites. Also, one of a cartographic series satellite will be launched.”
He also went on to add that out of the 22 satellites, only three are Indian and the rest are commercial. He said that the launch is scheduled during the end of next month.
It was also learnt that ISRO’s workhorse, the Polar rocket PSLV C34, will be used for launching the satellites, which include those from US, Canada, Indonesia and Germany.
A PSLV C-series rocket. Antrix
Though the biggest satellite launch, this is not the first multiple launch that ISRO would be conducting.
Back in 2008, they had sent 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission.
Kumar also disclosed that the agency is going to remain busy for the next few months as ISRO plans to lunch a scatterometer “immediately after” the satellite launches, which would be followed by a launch of INSAT or 3DR which will provide vertical temperature and humidity profile from geostationary satellite.