ISRO to Launch 83 Satellites by the End of January

The latest updates from Indian Space Research Organization. ISRO, which is the space agency of the government of the republic of India, is all set to leave 83 satellites at a time by the end of January 2017, by using its pillar PSLV-C37.

AS Kiran Kumar, Indian Space Research Organization Chairman said, “We are in the process of launching 83 satellites in January next year, and it may be completed by the end of January. The date has to be fixed.”

Among the 83 satellites, 80 belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States and which weighs 500 kg and three of those are Indian satellites. The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series, weighing 730 kg as primary payload, and INS-IA and INS-1B weighing 30 Kg.

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Setting a record in its space program, ISRO has successfully launched 20 satellites, including its earth observation Cartosat-2 series in a single workhorse PSLV-C34 from Sriharikota space station in Andhra Pradesh. The popular space center earlier launched ten satellites into orbit on a single mission in 2008.

However, ISRO calling 2016 as a good year and Kumar said the agency would launch at least five communication satellites in 2017.

He said, “There will be more launches in next year. We are looking to set up five communication satellites and many others”. In response to a question on the number of expected launches in 2017, he said, “In 2017, we are initially trying to do our GSLV Mark III, then Mark II… one more launch we are trying to do,” Kumar said.

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There will be three launches in the first three months, he said at 21st Convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS).

“Stating that 2016 was a good year because ISRO was able to improve on what they were doing the previous year. The main importance now was in the building capacity. We need more and more launch capacity. We are working towards on that,” he said.

Currently, ISRO is looking for on transponder augmentation. GSAT-17 has another 48 transponders, then there is an SAARC satellite which will have about 12 transponders, then we are getting into the next generation GSAT-11 and GSAT-19. We are trying to do something like 14 gigabytes and 90-gigabyte type of thing-multi beam satellites, he added.

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Kiran Said, “ISRO is conducting tests for Hazard avoidance for Chandrayaan 2 as it lands because it has to avoid boulders and things. We are verifying the system performance as planned, so there are some dips created and as it come down how it transfers. We are appraising the performance of the scheme. ISRO has been performing these test sat its facility in Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.”