After sending record
20 satellites into space this year, India is now set to create a new record and launch as many as 68 foreign satellites.
According to reports
, India’s ISRO has secured a deal to launch these 68 overseas satellites early next year, out of which 12 would be that from the US.
According to a top ISRO official, these 12 US satellites are from PlanetiQ, which is a US-based weather forecasting satellite firm.
The news was confirmed by Rakesh Sasibhushan, who is Chairman and Managing Director of Antrix Corporation, ISRO’s commercial arm.
Antrix, in past 15 years has launched 74 foreign satellites, including many from Belgium, Britain, Canada, France, the US and Germany.
For their launch, India has used their most reliable workhorse – the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), which in July used PSLV-C34
send record 20 satellites in one go. It had combined weight of 1,288 kg including ISRO’s 728 kg Cartosat-2 satellite.