Bengaluru| With the Indian space agency ISRO gaining prominence in the international market for space affairs the country is planning to maximise its rocket capability in order to launch more satellites to maximise returns on investments, according to the agency chief.
"By launching 103 satellites together using one rocket next month, we are trying to maximise its capability and optimally utilise it for maximum return on investment," said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.
The record number of satellites, including 100 of foreign customers, will be launched on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) in the first week of February from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, about 80km north of Chennai.
The combined weight of 100 foreign micro or smaller satellites will be about 590 kg and the rocket's total payload will be 1,350 kg. The rocket will deploy Cartosat in a sun-synchronous polar orbit at 630 km altitude.
The INS IA and INS-IB will use a computer, motion sensors and rotation sensors to calculate the position, orientation and velocity of a moving object without external references.
The state-run ISRO had launched 22 satellites onboard a PSLV in one go, including Cartosat-2C on June 22, 2016 from the spaceport.
"We plan to have almost one launch a month with optimal utilisation of the rocket's capacity to carry maximum number of satellites," said Kiran Kumar after addressing the Karnataka ICT Summit 2017, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The space agency is also set to launch heavier rockets like GSLV (Geo-Satellite Launch Vehicles) Mark III and Mark II for placing above four-tonne class communication satellites in the geo-synchronous orbits as well as increase the number of these launches to provide various services as well as reduce the shortage of transponders.
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