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ISRO's PSLV-C34 Successfully launches record 20 satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully launched a record 20 satellites from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota. The launch also placed into orbit two Indian academic community built satellites. ISRO has so far launched 57 satellites for foreign vendors from about 20 countries. The vehicle not only put 20 satellites into the same orbit - the highest number of satellites to be put into orbit by a PSLV - but also also perform two tricky experiments of the same nature. Earlier, it had sent 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty sixth flight (PSLV-C34), launches the 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift–off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). PSLV-C34 was launched from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on June 22, 2016 at 09:26 hrs (IST). This is the fourteenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors). The co-passenger satellites are from USA, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites (SATHYABAMASAT and SWAYAM) from Indian University/Academic Institute. The total weight of all the 20 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C34 is about 1288 kg.