Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched 104 satellites, in a
single launch, onboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ‘PSLV-C37
on February 15, 2017 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.
These satellites include - (i) India’s Cartosat-2 Series Satellite
(weighing 714 kg) as primary payload, (ii) two Indian Nano-Satellites
viz., INS-1A & 1B (together weighing 18.1 kg) and (iii) 101 foreign nano-satellites
(together weighing 645.9 kg) from six countries as co-passengers.
Out of the 104 satellites launched in this mission, 101 nano satellites
were from foreign countries viz. Israel (1), Kazakhstan (1), The
Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1), UAE (1) and USA (96). These nano
satellites from foreign countries were launched under a commercial
arrangement between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial
arm of ISRO and the foreign customer.
Antrix has earned a revenue of about half of the cost of launch vehicle
in terms of foreign exchange.
After Chandrayaan-1 and India’s first interplanetary mission ‘Mars
Orbiter Mission’, the feasibility of future inter-planetary missions to
Mars and Venus are under discussion and presently a study team is
exploring various options and opportunities for such missions. The study
team’s recommendations will be reviewed by Advisory Committee for Space
Sciences (ADCOS) for further considerations.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State
(Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER),
MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and
Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha