On 15th February at 9:28 AM IST, India smashed Russia’s record of launching most satellites into space in a single mission. The ISRO satellite launch saw PSLV-37 send 104 satellites in orbit compared to Russia’s previous record of 37. That’s almost 3 times the number!
What do we say to the elite space club?
On the occasion of ISRO satellite launch here’s top 10 ISRO moments:
#1. Aryabhatta, 1975
The one that started it all. The first Indian satellite named after famous Indian astronomer Aryabhatta was designed completely by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and launched from Russia’s Kapustin Yar, rocket launch and development facility.
#2. Mangalyaan, 2014
Howdy @MarsCuriosity ? Keep in touch. I’ll be around.
— ISRO’s Mars Orbiter (@MarsOrbiter) September 24, 2014
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission or Mangalyaan has quite the sense of humor!
Jokes apart, Mangalyaan was one of many firsts for India. Mangalyaan was India’s first interplanetary mission. India became the first Asian country to reach Mars orbit. Not only that India also became the first nation to accomplish this in the first attempt. All of this was made possible on a budget of 450-crore estimated at about 1/10th of the budget for a similar project undertaken by the US. You go ISRO!
#3. Chandrayaan, 2008
Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned lunar probe was sent for exploration on the moon nearly a decade ago. India then joined the elite space club being one of the six space organizations to have successfully launched a lunar exploration probe. The moon impact probe soon made contact and discovered water on the lunar surface. You know what that means, right?!
Unfortunately, ISRO lost contact with Chadrayaan-1 🙁 Chins up, fellow space enthusiasts as ISRO is planning on a second lunar mission in the form of Chandrayaan-2 with an expected launch schedule in 2017.
#4. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, 1993
Launching over 40 satellites for 19+ countries, India’s most reliable launch service provider PSLV was developed back in the 90’s. It has loyally served ISRO through all the major projects the likes of Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan.
#5. GSLV-III, December 2014
Are you a fan of science fiction? Well, strap yourselves in. ISRO successfully conducted a suborbital flight test in December 2014 making it possible for humans to travel to space!
But here’s the catch though, the first crew flight is scheduled for sometime after 2020 🙁
#6. Indian National Satellite system, 1983
Popularly known as Insat, this system of satellites revolutionized the telecommunications, radio broadcasting and meteorological sectors of India. 9 operational satellites also facilitate broadcasting and communications through the South Asian region.
#7. Mission PSLV-C28, July 2015
Boasting the heaviest commercial mission undertaken, ISRO’s PSLV-C28 launched 5 UK satellites weighing over 1,440 kg! Who’s paying the teen goona lagaan now, eh Captain Russell?
#8. Reusable Launch Vehicle, 2016
With the aim of reducing the cost of launching, ISRO has developed the Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Development Program, that took its first flight on May 2016. This technology has the potential to cut costs by a factor of 10!
#9. Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), July 2013
IRNSS or better known by its operational name NAVIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) is a system of 7 operational satellites that provide accurate positioning services extending upto a region of 1500 Kilometers. It is aided by a network of 21 stations located across the country. Quite literally India’s eye in the sky:
Aankhen anyone? No, ok moving on 😛
#10. 3 New Species Of Bacteria Discovered, March 2009
Last but not the least, this one is perhaps the most important and the most interesting discovery in the long list of scientific marvels. Flow from National Balloon facility, Hyderabad this 26.7 million cubic feet balloon carrying a 459 kg payload discovered 3 new species of bacteria in the upper stratosphere. These species of bacteria are not found on earth and are highly resistant to UV radiation thus giving rise to the speculation of their origins. Could they be:
Two of the three species discovered are named Bacillus isronensis and Bacillus aryabhata for ISRO’s immense contribution in the discovery.
Do you have anymore ISRO Satellite Launch facts to add?
What are your favorite ISRO satellite launch moments and what are you looking forward to in India’s space age? Let us know in the comments below 🙂
Bonus: Here’s what Elon Musk (real life Tony Stark 😛 ) has to say about ISRO’s achievement:
@Floydilicious Yeah, awesome achievement by ISRO. Very impressive!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2017
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2017
Times of India