The 48-hour long countdown for Wednesday’s launch of record 20 satellites by ISRO from Sriharikota began at 9:26 this morning. Workhorse PSLV C34 will carry the satellites and inject them into the 505 km sun synchronous orbit one after the other.
The 20 satellites include Cartosat-2 Series remote sensing payload of India for earth observation purposes, two Indian students satellites and 17 other micro and nano satellites of foreign customers from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. AIR correspondent reports that this is the highest number of satellites to be carried by an Indian launch vehicle and hurled into space.
The two Indian nano satellites, called Swayam and Satyabamasat, were developed by students from College of Engineering, Pune and Sathyabama University, Chennai, respectively. While Swayam satellite has a payload mass of 1kg, Sathyabamasat has a payload mass of 1.5kg.
The images sent by the satellite could be used for urban and rural applications, coastal land use, road network monitoring, land use maps and several geographical information system applications.
The rocket’s main cargo will be India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation.