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ISRO to test aeroplane-shaped reusable space vehicle

ISRO is about to create history next week by launching a record 104 satellites. The launch is on February 15 from Sriharikota in Andra Pradesh.

ISRO to Launch Record 104 Satellites

“We have tentatively decided to launch the satellites at one go around 9am into the sun-synchronous orbit, about 500km above the earth,”

the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official told IANS in Bengaluru.

Out of these 104 satellites, three are India, 88 are from the US and the remaining satellites are from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

“A 320-tonne rocket – Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) – will launch all the satellites with a combined weight of 1,500kg, including the 650kg remote-sensing Cartosat-2 and two nano-satellites (IA and IB) weighing 15kg each,”

the official said.

ISO launched 20 satellites on June 22, 2016, the launch of 104 satellites will surpass the 37 satellite record set in June 2014 launched by NASA.

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ISRO will reportedly test a small aeroplane-shaped vehicle for space missions. It will be a part of ISRO’s plans to develop a reusable space launch vehicle. K. Sivan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre told IANS, “We will test a small aeroplane-shaped vehicle — reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator — weighing around 1.7 tonnes soon. The vehicle will travel up to 70 km and will return.” The current cost of placing an object weighing 1kg in orbit is about Rs. 3 lakh. ISRO’s scientists are hoping to bring the cost down to about Rs. 30,000.

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