India makes history again! This time for the world to remember. The launch was executed at 9:25 am today and the tragectory to success was already wisible within the next 30 seconds when the rocket injected 7 satellites successfully into their respective orbits.
20 in number, the satellites show the reliability that India has earned in the world space reasearch.
Almost all the satellites will cater to the study of earth and its atmosphere, the greenhouse effect and the topography of India. Here are a few details about each of the 20 satellites:
Cartosat-2 series satellite:
Similar to its sister satellites launched earlier- Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B satellites-this satellite will be sending imagery to be used for cartographic applications, coastal land use and regulation. Some of the other usages of the imagery sent by these satellites include utility management like road networking, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System and Geographical Information System applications.
The satellite weighs 727.5 kg.
Sathyabamasat (Sathyabama University, Chennai)
This satellite will help in gathering data on green house gases
It weighs 1.5 Kg.
Swayam (College of Engineering, Pune)
This satellite will enable poin to point messaging services to the HAM (amateur radio) community. It weighs 1 Kg.
Weighing 120 Kg, the microsatellite will be used for studying land use, natural resource and environment.
The Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Micro-Satellite has been jointly funded by Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The satellite will collect and study Automatic Identification System signals from low-Earth orbit.
This satellite is built by Space Flight Laboratory of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies and will be used for measuring the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases (CO2 and Methane). It weighs 25.5 kg.
Berlin Infrared Optical System (BIROS) is a small scientific satellite from the German Aerospace Center. Its mission objective is the remote sensing of high temperature events. It weights 130 Kg.
SkySat Gen2-1 (U.S.)
Designed by Terra Bella, which is a Google company based out of Mountain View, the staellite is capable of capturing sub-meter resolution imagery and HD video.
It weighs 110 Kg.
Dove Satellites (U.S.)
A total of 12 Flock-2P Earth imaging satellites will be launched in this mission. They would be packed in 3 dispensers. Each of the satellites weigh 4.7 Kg each.