Greater than 100 satellites to be launched in February are from nations together with the US and Germany.
Director of ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Methods Centre, S. Somnath mentioned, “We’re going to make a century by launching greater than 100 satellites on the identical time.”
Somnath mentioned that earlier ISRO had deliberate to launch 83 satellites concurrently within the final week of January, out of which 80 have been overseas satellites. However as a result of addition of 20 extra overseas satellites, the launch date was pushed ahead by a couple of week. This launch will now happen within the first week of February.
Nonetheless, he didn’t specify the variety of nations that might launch their satellites on this mission. Nonetheless, he mentioned that it contains nations just like the US and Germany.
Somnath mentioned, “These will probably be 100 micro-miniature satellites, which will probably be launched utilizing PSLV-37. The payload will weigh 1350 kg, of which 500-600 kg would be the weight of the satellites.” This launch will probably be a significant achievement in India’s house historical past, as by no means earlier than has there been such a big scale launch.
Final yr, ISRO had launched 22 satellites in a single go and the variety of satellites within the first week of February will probably be nearly 5 instances extra.
ISRO Affiliate Director M Nageswara Rao mentioned that the South Asian satellite tv for pc will probably be a part of GSAT-9 which will probably be launched in March this yr. The communication satellite tv for pc was to be launched in December 2016, but it surely received delayed as another satellites have been to be launched earlier. Sources mentioned that the continuing talks with Afghanistan to incorporate it within the venture are within the closing levels. Referred to as the primary SAARC satellite tv for pc, this venture is being thought of as a present to India’s neighboring nations. Pakistan has been expressing robust opposition to this venture. Pakistan was attempting to get it launched below the banner of South Asian Regional Discussion board. He later withdrew from the venture. Aside from India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan will profit from this satellite tv for pc.