The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 83 satellites, 80 of them foreign, at one go in January, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday. It will be the first of its kind mission in the ISRO’s space history.
The 80 satellites, weighing 500 kg, belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S. The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series, weighing 730 kg as primary payload; INS-IA and INS-1B, totally weighing 30 kg.
“These international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangement between them and Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm and PSU under the ISRO,” Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO, said in a written reply.