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India's multi-satellite launch
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Author:  brian livesey [ Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:31 am ]
Post subject:  India's multi-satellite launch

On June 23, India's ISRO ( India Space Research Organisation ) launched the 712kg Earth-observations satellite Cartosat-2, along with 31 small satellites on its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ( PSLV ).
The aim is to show that India is a low-cost space services provider. Fourteen other countries, including Austria, Belgium, Lithuania and Slovakia, had satellites onboard. The satellites are designed for communications, meteorology and crop monitoring.
The Modi Government is promoting its low cost space technology. "Congratulations to the ISRO on its 40th successful polar satellite launch," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In 2014, India sent a probe to Mars at a cost of $74m ( £58m ), compared to the $671m for Nasa's Maven Mars probe. "We reached Mars on a budget less than a Hollywood film," said Modi.

Author:  David Frydman [ Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: India's multi-satellite launch

I wonder if we will be able to see the collisions likely when orbiting satellites and debris reaches crisis level.


Author:  brian livesey [ Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: India's multi-satellite launch

There are plans to launch numerous cheap cubesats David. This indiscriminate placing of masses of satellites in Earth-orbit is a consequence of the competitive market jungle on the ground. :roll:

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