Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ISRO and PSLV-C9 Launch

ISRO has successfully placed 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission by PSLV-C9 on 28th April, 2008. The net payload of the mission was 820kg. The world record for putting the maximum number of satellites in one mission has been hold by Russia, which put 12 satellites with a net payload of 295kg into orbit in April, 2007.
The mission includes the following satellites

1:- CARTOSAT-2A: CARTOSAT-2A is an Indian remote sensing satellite weighing 695kg. It carries a panchromatic camera that has image resolution of 1 meter. The images will be used in making maps, which will provide valuable information in planning urban infrastructure, rural roads and settlements. They will be used in defense applications.

2:-IMS-1(Indian Mini Satellite-1): IMS-1 is also a remote sensing satellite weighing 67kg. It has 2 payloads, which would be operated in the visible and near infrared regions of electromagnetic spectrum (multi-spectral and hyper-spectral). The main purpose of IMS-1 is to try out new technologies, particularly those related to miniaturization. It is also providing a trial platform to a hyper-spectral camera which will be used on Chandrayana-1

3:-8 Nano Satellites: The 8 nano satellites have been built by universities and research institutes in Canada, Japan, Germany, Denmark and Netherland and were launched under a commercial agreement. They weigh 50kg. 6 of the 8 satellites are clustered together with the collective name NLS-4.

Can-X2 Space Flight Laboratory, University of Toronto, Canada
Cute-1.7 Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Autsat-11 Aalborg University, Denmark
Compass-1 University of Applied Science, Aachen, Germany
Delphi-C3 Technical University, Delphi, Netherlands
Seeds Nihon University, Japan
NLS-5 Space Flight Lab, University of Toronto, Canada
Rubin-8 OHB Systems, Germany

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