The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday put in orbit Cartosat-2A, the remote sensing satellite with the best-ever Indian imagery resolution of 0.8 metre.
The same PSLV-C9 launcher delivered nine other satellites — the experimental Indian Mini Satellite IMS-1 and eight tiny commercial satellites — into a 637-km near-Earth orbit. This is the first time that 10 satellites have been launched in a single mission.
The eight nanosats were built by universities in Canada, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Called NLS-4 (a cluster of six), NLS-5 and RUBIN-8, they together weigh 50 kg. ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation charged $600,000 (about Rs 2.4 crore) for their launch.
Next up, India’s first mission to moon CHANDRAYAAN – 1 scheduled for Q3 2008.