The thirty sixth mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Programme and the fourteenth mission under the PSLV in the configuration of XL is PSLV-C34 (a.k.a. Cartosat-2 series satellite. Twenty satellites were carried and successfully deployed in the Sun-synchronous orbit by the mission, PSLV-C34. The payload mass of this mission was 1288 kgs and the launch mass was 320,000 kgs. A new record was set by PSLV C-34 by deploying maximum number of satellites (20), by the ISRO in one single successful mission. Apart from indigenously designed satellites, the mission carried satellites from Indonesia, Germany, Canada and the United States of America. The indigenous satellites deployed were
- Swayam (satellite from College of Engineering, Pune)
- Cartosat-2 satellite,
- SathyabamaSat (satellite from Sathyabama University, Chennai),
The Cartosat series of satellites are a type of earth observation satellites indigenously built by India. Up till now 4 Cartosat satellites have been launched by ISRO. The Cartosat series is a part of the Indian Remote Sensing Programme. They were specifically launched for Earth’s resource management and monitoring. The first Cartosat satellite was Cartosat-1 which was launched by PSLV-C6, on May 5th2005 from the then newly built Second Launch Pad at Sriharikota. Department of Space (DOS), Government of India had earlier launched a series of satellites for Earth’s resource management and monitoring. These satellites had been very successful in providing data in various scales ranging from 1:1 Million to 1:12,500 scale. Each of the Indian Remote Sensing satellite missions ensured data continuity while introducing improvements in the spatial, spectral and radiometric resolutions.
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