Scripting history, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched 20 satellites in a one single mission on June 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The launch of PSLV C-34/Cartosat-2 Series Satellite Mission took place at 9:26 am. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C34 is being used to carry the satellites, including India's earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2, from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Indian PM Narendra Modi also congratulated the ISRO scientists on their achievement. He tweeted, “20 satellites in a go! @isro continues to break new barriers. Hearty congratulations to our scientists on the monumental accomplishment”.
ISRO earlier in 2008 has also sent 10 satellites into earth’s orbit successfully. The PSLV-C34 launched 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). These 20 satellites launched by PSLV-C34 weighs about 1,288 kg. Additionally, the co-passengers include satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities. As disclosed by ISRO, this mission of 22nd June also carried LAPAN A3 of Indonesia, BIROS of Germany, SKYSAT GEN 2-1 of US, MVV of Germany among the micro satellites.