India: One after the other, through its work, Indian space agency ISRO has earned itself a name in the country and across the world. And this time, it is planning to make a world record by launching 82 foreign satellites launch in a daring single shot, said an official.
Sixty satellites from the US, twenty satellites are from Europe, and the other two from the UK, will be launched in this mission, which will take off on January 15, 2017, said Subbiah Arunan, project director of Mars Orbiter Mission+ (MOM).
The record for launching the highest number of satellites in one go+ is currently held by Russia, which launched 37 satellites on June 19, 2014. The US had placed 29 satellites in orbit using the Orbital Sciences-built Minotaur-1 rocket on November 19, 2013.
On June 22, 2016, India launched 20 satellites in one go. If the mission in January succeeds, India will once again break a global space record — for the second time in about two-and-a-half years. On September 24, 2014, in a record-breaking feat, India entered the Martian orbit+ in the very first attempt, garnering international acclaim.
The rocket for ISRO‘s historic mission will be the advanced version of the proven four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle+ (PSLV) designated PSLV-XL. All 82 satellites will be placed in a 580-km polar sun synchronous orbit in a span of 20-25 minutes after launch.
Arunan told a news daily that MOM was the first Indian satellite which is being analysed by international space agencies and management schools to pave the way for low-cost access to deep space. He added that the second mission to Mars — MOM-2 — is provisionally slated for launch in 2020.