PSLV C34 successfully injects 20 satellites into orbit
Taking yet another big leap in space technology, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) used its workhorse PSLV-C34 to inject 20 satellites including 17 foreign satellites into orbit in a single mission and set a new record recently. The 320-tonne Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34) took off on its 36th flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre with 20 satellites including its primary payload Cartosat-2 series, which provides remote sensing services, and earth observation and imaging satellites from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia. It was also 14th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration with the use of solid strap-on motors. With Cartosat-2 weighing 727.5kg, PSLV lifted off a total of 1,288kg in to space and began placing the satellites into orbit about 17minutes later. ISRO scientists said the demonstration is for their next mission when they are planning to inject satellites in different orbits using a single rocket.