ISRO TO Launch 22 Satellites In Single Mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to script history by launching a record number of 22 satellites in a single mission in May 2016. This will include a number of micro and nano ones from foreign countries. This mission will flag off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Srikarikota.

In this mission 18 satellites are being launched for foreign agencies including those from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Indonesia. Two of the nano-satellites have been developed by the Pune Engineering College and Sathyabhama University. These satellites (micro and nano) will be launched using ISRO’s workhorse Polar rocket PSLV C34.

Apart from the Indian remote sensing satellite, Cartosat 2C, which constitutes the primary payload, the the PSLV C34 rocket will carry on board four micro-satellites weighing 85 to 130 kg each and 17 nano-satellites weighing 4 to 30 kg. The micro-satellites include the M3MSAT of Comdev, Canada, to be used for collection and study of automatic identification system signals from low earth orbit.

Earlier in 2008, ISRO had sent 11 satellites into orbit in a single mission. The US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) holds current world record for sending highest number of satellites in single launch. It had sent 29 satellites to the orbit in a single launch in 2013.

Extra Info :
The first test flight of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) developed by ISRO is also scheduled for May.

So lets discuss some questions related to this article :
1. Which organisation is all set to launch 22 satellites in a single mission ?
2. The 22 satellites mission is going to launch form which center ?
3. Expand the term ISRO, RLV, PSLV and NASA ?
Courtesy : The Hindu 

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