From the day when India’s first Satellite was brought on a Bullock cart to the day when world’s most developed countries seeking ISRO’s help for launching satellites, ISRO has evolved and has made his mark in a right way. Success sounds like synonym for ISRO when it’s about launching the satellites. And recently ISRO broke his own record by launching 20 satellites successfully, it has done it before but it was up to 17 satellites which ISRO gone passed.
The PSLV rocket has launched over 110 satellites successfully and that too in a row is a great achievement, In this 110 satellites 57 were international customers and space agencies.
“Success has become a way of life for Isro. But we never get carried away by success.”
This remark by a senior scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) summed up the mood in the control room at India’s spaceport in Sriharikota after the hugely successful PSLV- C34 mission on Wednesday morning.
Yet every launch of PSLV comes with specific challenges that require innovative technical and technological solutions. In this sense, no two launches of PSLV are carbon copies. Every time the requirements of mission are different and system has to be tailor made for the passengers — satellites — the PSLV carries.
PSLV-C34 posed two major challenges: It had to launch a record number of satellites — 20 in all. Second, the primary satellite — 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite — had to be launched in a polar sun synchronous orbit (SSO), while 19 other co-passengers together weighing 560 kg had to be launched in a slightly different orbit, that too separated by a safe distance. This was the technological challenge that scientists successfully met in this mission.
The PSLV-C34 mission was also important for Isro to promote its commercial interests. The co-passenger satellites came from the US (13), Canada (two), Germany and Indonesia (one each), besides the two nano satellites from Indian academic institutions (Satyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune). Of the two American satellites launched on Wednesday, SkySat3 has been developed by Terra Bella, a Google subsidiary based in California. Most satellites are earth imaging satellites, many of them weighing around 100 kg each. In the past, Isro has launched satellites from several space agencies, commercial space firms and academic institutions around the world.
ISRO was made fun during its mars mission but successive completion of Mars Mission in Minimal Cost and now this Second Achievement, Days are not too far when India will be known for its Unbelievable Space reaching capabilities.