The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch 83 satellites at once in January 2017, Loksabha revealed today. ISRO will launch 80 foreign satellites while it will also lift up three Indian satellites.
“These international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangement between them and Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm and PSU under the ISRO,” Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO said in a written reply. The Department of Space comes under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Collective weight of foreign satellites will be nearly 500kg. The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series weighing 730 kg as primary payload, INS-IA and INS-1B, totally weighing 30 kg.
ISRO has gained reputation in International space market after the success of iconic Mangalyaan mission and successful GSLV launch which enabled Indian space agency to lift up heavier payload. Now, foreign space agencies are seeking help of ISRO for their satellite launches. Space agencies like NASA are also willing to collaborate with ISRO for future space missions.
Till date, ISRO has launched over 50 foreign satellites. By lifting up 80 foreign satellites in one go, Indian space agency will improve its own record for lifting the maximum number of foreign satellites. In addition, Indian space agency will hit the century of foreign satellite launches.