Aiming Record; ISRO planning to launch 22 satellites in single mission

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced few days back that it will launch 22 satellites in a single mission next month, which would be a record in itself. Recently, ISRO launched reusable launch vehicle and on April 28, ISRO accomplished the task of developing the country’s own navigation system with successful launch of IRNSS-1G, the last in the series of seven navigation satellites.

The next experiment on the array of launches is that ISRO will be launching 22 satellites in a go. It has also been reported that a cartographic series satellite will be launched. While addressing the gathering at an event organized by Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said that of the 22 satellites, three are Indian and the rest all commercial. Giving cue about the mission, Kumar added “The launch is scheduled during the end of next month. Immediately after that (launch), we have a scatterometer that is going to get launched, then INSAT 3DR we call – it is to provide vertical temperature and humidity profile from geostationary satellite.”

ISRO would use Polar rocket PSLV C34 for the launch and the mission would comprise of satellites from U.S., Canada, Indonesia and Germany, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director K. Sivan revealed.

ISRO is known across the world for the cheapest successful space missions and keeping that in line, ISRO had successfully flight-tested an indigenous winged reusable launch vehicle from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. The vehicle, dubbed ‘swadeshi’ space shuttle was launched on last Monday and will drastically cut down cost of access to space.

Since it is just the beginning of cost-cutting experiment, ISRO is following a well defined pattern. The first in the series of experimental flights for Reusable Launch Vehicle-technology development is the hypersonic flight experiment (HEX), followed by the landing experiment (LEX). Other development would be return flight experiment (REX) and final scramjet propulsion experiment (SPEX).

India has been gaining recognition worldwide as a low-cost option for sending satellites into orbit. In 2014, it put a satellite into the orbit of Mars, becoming the first country in Asia to reach the red planet.

India’s space minister Jitendra Singh said that the country also plans to launch a communications satellite that will provide enhanced bandwidth connectivity to rural areas. The satellite will be launched toward the end of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017.

Earlier in the year 2008, ISRO sent ten satellites into orbit in a single mission.

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