The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched a record 20 satellites, including two student satellites from Indian universities and 17 satellites of four foreign countries in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

The PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metres and weighing 320 tonne, tore into the morning skies at 9.26 am, breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull. The 20 satellites weighed 1,288 kg. The rocket’s main cargo is India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation. This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.

ISRO created a record by launching 20 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

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The other 19 satellites weighing totally around 560 kg are from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as one satellite each from Chennai Sathyabama University and College of Engineering, Pune.

Soon after the launch, ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said that the mission was a success and new generation Cartosat is in place. The rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) main cargo was India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for Earth observation with a design life of five years.

According to ISRO, the 110 kg SkySat Gen2-1 belonging to Terra Bella, a Google company, is a small earth imaging satellite capable of capturing sub-meter resolution imagery and high definition video. The Planet Labs Dove Satellites are also earth imaging satellites. A total of 12 Dove satellites each weighing 4.7 kg are carried in this mission inside three QuadPack dispensers, ISRO said.

The Prime Minister congratulated space agency ISRO for breaking new barriers.  

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulates ISRO.

SRO launches record 20 satellites from Sriharikota.