Picture of the day: 104 satellites launched on single ISRO rocket


In what was the 39th flight for the country’s India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) design, the ISRO’s own 714kg Cartosat-2 earth observation satellite was the primary payload.

There were also 103 nano satellites sharing the ride – together weighing ~663kg.

ISRO 0All went off into a 505km polar sun-synchronous orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in India.

The main satellite – carrying panchromatic and multi-spectral cameras – will be used for Indian cartography, including creating land-use maps, road network monitoring and water distribution monitoring.

You can read the full story in today’s News Index:

The 101 international customer nano-sats were launched through commercial arrangements with Antrix Corporation – and Indian Department of Space company, and the commercial arm of ISRO.

ISRO 3This was the sixteenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

PSLV is itself interesting, being a four-stage design with alternating solid and liquid propellant stages, with widely-differing technologies used in each stage.

Read India launches 104 satellites in a single shot

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, tweeted his congratulations:

You can see lots of large-scale images in this online brochure on the ISRO website »