ISRO’s PSLV takes record for launch with most satellites aboard

by | Feb 15, 2017 | Uncategorised | 0 comments

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its Antrix commercial launch provider subsidiary, gained kudos for achieving the first orbital launch with more than 100 payload spacecraft aboard. The PSLV-XL rocket launch carried 104 individual satellites – most of which were in the 1-10 kg cubesat/nanosat class. The launch took place from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, India, at 0358 GMT on 15 February. It marks the 38th consecutive success for the PSLV vehicle.

PSLV lifting off with its record breaking payload. Courtesy of ISRO.

PSLV lifting off with its record breaking payload. Courtesy of ISRO.

 

The primary payload was the 714 kg Cartosat 2D remote sensing satellite for ISRO itself which was being launched into a near polar Sun-synchronous low Earth orbit of circa 500 km altitude. The other Indian payloads were the two ISRO Nano Satellites (INS), INS-1A/-1B. This platform is designed to act as a dedicated PSLV co-payload and may be utilised for a number of mission types.

PSLV deploys its multiple cubesats. Courtesy: ISRO

PSLV deploys its multiple cubesats. Courtesy: ISRO

The remaining 101 commercial satellite payloads carried included; 88 Flock (Dove) earth observation, 5 kg, 3U-cubesats owned and operated by the Planet firm. Eight Lemur 3U-cubesats for Spire, these units carry GPS radio occultation antennas for weather prediction services as well as a maritime tracking payload.

The five other cubesat passengers consist of; PEASSS a European Union technology validation experiment, DIDO-2 a test spacecraft to exhibit microgravity research technologies, BGUSat a student built cubesat from Ben-Gurion University, Al-Farabi another student project from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and Nayif-1 an educational satellite carrying an amateur communications payload (FUNcube 5).

Matthew Wilson contributed to this article.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned Seradata database. Trusted by over 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, Seradata is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to https://www.seradata.com/product/

Related Articles

Categories

Archives

Tags

nasaspacexecoreviewsissesaArianespacevideochinaFalcon 9v1.2FT Block 525virgin galacticULAfalcon 9RoscosmosevaDGAspacewalkaviation weekaressoyuzIGTInternational Space StationRocket LabBeidouawardsBlue OriginspaceStarlinkSatellite broadcastingrussiamoonAirbus DSboeingISROCargo Return VehiclemarsblogresearchOneWebspaceshiptwojaxaorionmarsimpactdelayhyperbolaEutelsatdemocratrocketlunarhypertextobamagoogle lunar prizelaunchVegaSESbarack obamaconstellationtourismnorthfiguresthales alenia spacespaceflightIntelsatnode 2fundedRaymond Lygo2009Lockheed MartinExpress MD-2Elon MuskAtlas Vromess2dassault aviationaviationLucy2008wk2sstlukradiosuborbitaltestmissiledocking portexplorationAriane 5 ECAVirgin OrbitinternetLong March 2D/2sts-122SLSNorthrop GrummanChina Manned Space EngineeringAriane 5missile defensenewspapercotsgalileospace tourismflight2010ElectronLong March 4CspaceportExpress AMU 1buildspace stationaltairsoyuz 2-1aProton Minternational astronautical congressshuttlespace shuttlescaled compositesIntelsat 23European Space AgencyLauncherOneCosmosnew yorkrulesAriane 6hanleybudgetatvVietnamshenzhoucongressMojaveboldennew shepardLong March 2CInmarsatOrbital ATKcnesiaclunar landerGuiana Space CenterLong March 4BUK Space AgencySpace Systems/LoralKuaizhou 1AlawsApollokscUS Air ForceprotonILSTalulah RileydarpaElectron KSFalcon 9v1.2 Block 5Vega CeuAstriumSkylonpicturebaseusaastronautdragonlanderfiveeventTelesatNorth KoreaSSLAprilSNC50thinterviewLong MarchSea LaunchfalconWednesdaycustomerlinkatlantissuccessor

Stay Informed with Seradata

Stay informed on the latest news, insights, and more from Seradata by signing up for our newsletter.