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ISRO to launch 31 satellites in one go

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said that it would launch its 31 satellites in one go on 10th January 2018.

ISRO to launch 31 satellites in one go
  • It will be the first PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) Mission after the failure of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August 2017.
  • This mission’s main payload would be CARTOSAT- 2 series earth observation satellite.
  • The launch is scheduled from the spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh with the help of PSLV-C40.
  • The mission comprises launch of Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite along with 28 other Nano satellites from abroad (including USA and Finland) and one micro and one Nano satellite from India.

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization)

  • It is the space agency of the Government of India, managed by the Department of Space which reports to the Prime Minister of India.
  • It was formed in 1969 and is headquartered in Bengaluru.
  • Its mission is to “harness space technology for national development, while pursuing space science research and planetary exploration.”
  • Mr. Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar is the current chairman of the organization.

What is IRNSS?

  • It is Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System with an operational name NAVIC.
  • NAVIC stands for Navigation with Indian Constellation. 
  • It is India’s independent regional Navigation Satellite System.
  • It is a Global Positioning System which is designed to provide real-time positioning and timing services.
  • During the Kargil War in 1999, India was completely dependent on American GPS. This triggered the need for an indigenous navigation satellite system for India.

Test Yourself

Who was the first Chairman of ISRO?
Answer- Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

Name India’s first lunar mission?
Answer- Chandrayaan- 1

What is the primary spaceport of ISRO?
Answer- Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh

India’s 1st satellite “Aryabhata” was launched by which country?
Answer- Russia

Which was the first satellite to be placed in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle?
Answer- Rohini

India launched its Mars Orbiter Mission in which year?
Answer- 2008

Which are the six countries which have their Navigation Satellite System?
Answer- USA, China, Russia, India, Europe, Japan

Which launch vehicle was used by ISRO for the historic 103 satellites launch in one go?
Answer- PSLV-C37
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