Three Indian satellites
were launched onboard PSLV-C37 on February 15, 2017. These satellites
are: (i) Cartosat-2 Series satellite (weighing 714 kg) and (ii) two
Indian Nano-satellites viz., INS-1A & 1B (together weighing 18.1 kg).
The objective of Indian Cartosat-2 series satellite is to provide high
resolution images of earth’s surface at sub-meter resolution (Black &
White image) and at 2 meter resolution (4-band colored image). The
images obtained from this satellite are useful in variety of
applications requiring high resolution images, which include
cartography, infrastructure planning, urban & rural development, utility
management, natural resources inventory & management, disaster
management. The objective of Indian nano-satellites INS-1A & 1B is to
demonstrate new technologies and miniaturization of spacecraft.
Total 101 nano satellites from six foreign countries were launched in
this mission. These satellites are: BGUSat (Israel), Al-Farabi-1
(Kazakhstan), PEASSS (The Netherlands), DIDO-2 (Switzerland), Nayif-1 (UAE),
8 Lemur satellites (USA) and 88 Dove satellites (USA). 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.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State
(Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS
PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space,
Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.