ISRO will be setting a record of sorts by launching 22 satellites in a single launch in June 2016.
However, space organization did not give the details of these satellites though most of them are expected to be nano ones.
The launch is arranged to take place sometime in the second half of June and will be primarily carrying the Cartosat 2C high-resolution Earth observation satellite along with 21 other payloads.
The Indian Space Research Organization has earned accolades for the success of its desi shuttle and is now gearing up for the next mission of sending the cartographic series satellite to space next month.
Of the 22 satellites scheduled to be carried by the ISRO’s workhorse Polar rocket PSLV C34, three will be Indian and the rest from different countries like US, Canada, Indonesia, and Germany as co-passengers.
The other two Indian payloads are nanosatellites made by the students of College of Engineering, Pune and Sathyabama University, Chennai.
While the satellite created by the former weighs 1 kg and is named Swayam, the satellite developed by the latter is called Satyabamasat and weighs 1.5 kg.
Of the other 19 payloads, two are from Canada weighing 115 kg; three are from Germany weighing 155kg, one from Indonesia weighing 120 kg. The US accounts for the remaining 13, weighing 195 kg.
ISRO had in 2008 sent ten satellites to space together.
ISRO has a busy year ahead and immediately after this mission, will be sending a scatterometer called INSAT 3DR which will provide vertical temperature and humidity profile from a geostationary satellite.
Earlier ISRO had tested its indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle, the desi space shuttle from Shriharikota successfully. It will be one of a series of experimental flights for RLV, called hypersonic flight experiment (HEX).
Next, an attempt will be made to land the vehicle, landing test (LEX). If successful this will be followed by flight Experiment (REX) and scramjet propulsion experiment (SPEX) which will use atmospheric oxygen instead of carrying its supply of liquid oxygen.
Use of reusable launch vehicle will drastically bring down the price of sending hardware to space.