ISRO Successfully Launches 20 Satellites in Single Mission [ Current Affairs ]


A record 20 satellites has been successfully launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in a single mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota including India’s newest earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 is launched with the use of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-34.

  • ISRO itself has beaten its previous record of placing 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008 with this successful launch.

Key facts

  • India’s modern earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 was the most important satellite in this mission.
  • With this PSLV has continuous successful launch its 35th flight out of total 36.
  • Other 19 satellites were from different countries including US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.
  • The list also includes two satellites from Sathyabhama University of Chennai and College of Engineering, Pune (COEP).


  • Cartosat-2 satellite is very similar to the previous Cartosat-2, 2A and 2B.
  • It will be positioned in a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO.
  • It will be used for complete mapping and other cartographic claims and also applications in Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS).
  • The images which are sent by Cartosat-2 will be used for drawing maps, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring and water distribution.

Other satellites launched

1. LAPAN A3:

  • It is Indonesian micro-satellite and used for earth’s magnetic field monitoring and surveillance purpose.


  • It is German satellite and used for remote sensing of high temperature events.

3. SKYSAT GEN 2 - 1:

  • Google’s subsidiary company Terra Bella’s has develop the micro-satellite and used for earth imaging.

4.12 Flock-2P Earth imaging satellites:

  • It is United States satellite and used as earth imaging.

5. M3MSAT (Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite):

  • It is Canadian micro-satellite and used for study and collection of automatic identification system signals from low earth orbit.

6. GHGSat-D:

  • It is Canadian earth observation satellite and used for calculating the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) particularly Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane (CH4).

7. Sathyabamasat:

  • Sathyabama University of Chennai has developed this satellite and used to collect data on greenhouse gases (GHGs).

8. Swayam:

  • College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) has design and develops this satellite and used to provide point to point messaging services to the HAM (amateur radio) community.


  • This mission was historic movement because it has double record for the ISRO’s workhorse PSLV C34.
  • It has introduced a record number of 20 satellites into space and also has verified to be dependable for double explosion while in space to take multiple satellites into changed orbital heights in a single mission.
  • PSLV in its category corroborates to be one of the most cultured and highly adaptable launch vehicles in the world in its class.

- Published on: June 23, 2016