The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) continues to make significant strides in the field of space technology. On Friday, India’s premier space research agency announced that it would launch 31 satellites in a single mission onboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on January 10, 2018.
Among the 31 satellites slated for launch on this mission, India will include its Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite. This advanced remote sensing satellite has “the objective of providing high-resolution scene-specific spot imagery,” according to the ISRO website.
“The imagery sent by satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, and various other Land Information Systems, as well as Geographical Information Systems,” the ISRO website goes on to add.
As per the Press Trust of India, the mission will also include 28 nano-satellites from other countries, including Finland, and the United States, besides one micro and another nano-satellite from India.
“The mission will be the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle mission after the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August this year,” said a senior ISRO official to All India Radio. “The mission’s main payload would be India’s Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.”
The mission will take off from the spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, which is approximately 100 kilometres from Chennai.
India’s premier space organisation has won lavish praise for its ability to deliver quality products at low costs. Up to June 2017, ISRO has launched 278 satellites using locally developed launch vehicles into space. Earlier this year, it launched 104 satellites in a single launch, a world record.
By touching the 104-mark, it nearly tripled the previous record for single-day launches. As a result of ISRO’s successes, India has emerged as an important player in the growing commercial market for space-based surveillance and communication.